Method: Sit on the ground, stretch the legs straight without bending in the front. Exhale and bend forward till you are able to catch hold of your toes keeping the legs straight. You may even bury your face between the knees. Remain thus for 5 seconds and then slowly raise the body to the original position and inhale. Repeat this asana 3 or 4 times.
Benefits: This is an excellent asana. All the foul air is forcibly expelled out of the lungs. All the abdominal muscles get vigorously contracted. This is a powerful abdominal exercise and stimulates the abdominal viscera such as the kidneys, liver and pancreas. It cures piles and controls diabetes. The spine becomes elastic and thereby perennial youth is established.
Precautions while performing Paschimottanasana
This yoga Paschimottanasana is strongly prohibited for those having recent back injury. A patient of bronchial asthama do do this yoga carefully and if the symptoms aggravate should stop doing this till asthama is releived by dhanurasana.
A person having diarrhea due to any reason should not perform Paschimottanasana till his/her diarrhea is controlled.
Thus Paschimottanasana is a yoga with a touch of exercise and one should always perform it to have a good and attractive figure in spite of being a mother.