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What is Tadasana Paschima Namaskarasana (Mountain pose with hands folded behind the back)
- In this standing asana, the hands are folded at the back in the indian salutation of namaskar or “greeting.”
- This stretch requires considerable flexibility in the upper body and arms.
- Practice Paschima Baddha Hastasana until your shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints are sufficiently supple to perform this asana easily.
Benefits of Tadasana Paschima Namaskarasana
- Reduces depression
- Relieves cervical spondylosis
- Increases the flexibility of the upper body, arms, elbows, and wrists
- Strengthens the knee joints
- Reduces sciatic pain
- Corrects flat feet
Contraindications and Cautions
- Stress-related headaches
- Low blood pressure
- Osteoarthritis of the knees
- if you have high blood pressure, do not hold the pose for more than 15 seconds.
- if you have had polio, or are knock-kneed, or have a problem with your balance, keep your feet 8 in (20 cm) apart.
- if you are prone to backaches, have a slipped disk or a prolapsed uterus, keep your feet together and knees apart.