We just commemorated the International Yoga Day on the 21st June, 201 and here’s my next post with more of Yoga. The next post in the Yoga series is the Paschima Namaskaraasana or the Reverse Prayer Pose. Pashchima = West, refers to the back of the body, Namaskara = greeting. This aasana can be done sitting that is either in Padmasana, Veerasana, Vajrasan or even standing Tadasana (mountain pose)
Image Credits: Haarika P.V. Reddy
How to Do it:
- Beginners can either pick Padmasana, Veerasana or Vajrasana, whereas others proficient in Yoga can try Tadasana pose.
- Relax the shoulders and Bring your arms behind your back and join the palms with fingertips facing downward.
- Inhale & turn the fingertips inwards towards the spine and bring them to face upwards.
- Ensure that the knees are still slightly bent and the palms are pressed firmly against each other.
- Stay in the position for a couple of breaths.
- As you exhale, slowly turn the fingertips downward.
- Bring the arms to the side of the body and breathe normally
- Initially you might be able to only touch your lower back, but on regular practice you’d able to get it until your upper back
- Stretches the upper back.
- Stretches the shoulder joints and pectoral muscles.
- Strengthens the wrists and forearms.
- Avoid this aasana if you have low blood pressure, arm injury or shoulder injury.
Have you tried Paschima Namaskarasana (Reverse Prayer Pose) and did it help you in stretching your shoulder muscle ? I’d love to hear from you! You can also reach me on : Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin |