Day 21 Prasarita Padottanasana
Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold
Prasarita Padottanasana (prah-suh-REE-tuh pah-doh-tahn-AHS-uh-nuh
is a calming forward bend that stretches the hamstrings and back. There are several arm variations and other modifications available, making this a suitable pose for yoga students of all levels!
This pose is also sometimes called "Straddle Fold," "Standing Straddle," and "Wide-Legged Forward Bend," among other variations.
However, its Sanskrit name literally translates to "Feet Spread Intense Stretch Pose." Practicing Prasarita Padottanasana can feel expansive and soothing after a long set of standing poses, or after running, walking, or cycling. Often sequenced near the end of the standing poses in a yoga class, it is a good preparatory pose for inversions, such as Headstand (Sirsasana), Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), and Peacock Pose (Pincha Mayruasana).
Find the variation of this pose that is best for your practice!