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purvottanasana (front stretch)
This posture is very relaxing and relieving in its own way. The entire front face of the body is given a good stretch when this pose is done correctly. This helps to release tension caught up in the chest, abdomen, legs, and feet, and when the practitioner comes down, there is a sense of freedom.
As you can see, lots of work is taken on the wrists as the hands are turned away. The body’s weight is shared between the wrists and the feet, so the triceps, shoulders, and shoulder blades are strengthened as well, as well as the stretched out lower legs.
Surprisingly perhaps however, it is the hip where the greatest work is done. To raise the hip in line with the body takes strength, but to arch it higher, takes flexibility and greater strength. This pose teaches you one thing, to learn to carry your own bodyweight and gives you an idea of what your body is carrying.