Upavistha Konasana, also known as Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend, is a yoga pose that involves sitting with your legs extended wide apart and folding forward from the hips.
Here are the steps to practice Upavistha Konasana:
- Start by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out wide in front of you.
- Place your hands on the floor beside your hips and press down to lengthen your spine.
- Inhale and lift your arms up overhead.
- Exhale and slowly begin to fold forward from your hips, keeping your spine long.
- Reach your hands forward as far as you can comfortably go.
- Once you reach your edge, hold the pose for several breaths.
- To come out of the pose, inhale and lift your torso back up to a seated position.
- Exhale and release your arms back down to your sides.
Upavistha Konasana, has numerous benefits for the body, including:
- Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and hips
- Relieves sciatica pain and lower back pain
- Improves flexibility in the hamstrings and hips
- Stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion
- Helps to reduce stress and anxiety
- Relieves menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms in women
- Improves blood circulation to the pelvic region
- Can help to reduce high blood pressure
- Enhances the overall flexibility of the body
- Promotes a sense of calmness and relaxation