Prasarita Padottanasana Yoga Pose

About Prasarita Padottanasana

Prasarita padottanasana is a half-inverted yoga pose that boosts confidence and reduces depression. The name is derived from the Sanskrit prasarita, meaning “extended,” pada, meaning “foot,” utta, meaning “intense,” and asana, meaning “pose.”

Reduces depression, boosts confidence. Soothes the brain and the sympathetic nervous system. Energizes the heart and lungs. Reduces blood pressure. Relieves stress-related headaches, migraines, and fatigue. Tones the abdominal organs. Relieves stomachaches by neutralizing acidity. Relieves lower backache. Strengthens the knee joint and makes the hip joint supple. Regulates menstrual flow.

  • From Mountain pose, step the legs 3-4 feet apart into Five Pointed Star. With a flat back exhale forward bringing the palms to the floor under the shoulders.
  • Use the arms to pull the forehead down towards the floor, bending the elbows towards the back wall. Press into the feet, lengthening the legs to press the hips up toward the ceiling.
  • Feel the spine being pulled in opposite directions as you press the head down and lift the hips up.
  • Breathe and hold for 3-8 breaths.
  • To release, reach the arms out to the sides and inhale back up into 5 pointed stars.