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Reviewed by Medindia Complementary Medicine Team on Mar 07, 2013

Pada Hasthasana (The Modified standing forward bend)

Back bending postures open the chest improving both lung and heart functioning. This asana will help relax the muscles in the chest, allowing one to breathe more easily and deeply.

Steps to follow:

Stand with feet slightly apart.
Keep arms at the sides with trunk straight.
Inhale deeply and stretch both arms straight up over the head.
The whole body should be stretching upward.
As you exhale, push shoulders slightly forward and stretch your hands toward the floor, keeping the knees straight.
Breathe gently and maintain this position for several deep breaths.

Disclaimer For Yoga Exercise: The yoga exercises depicted above in the line diagrams are only a graphic representation for the understanding of the asanas or exercise. Please do not attempt to practise these without proper guidance

from a trained Yoga instructor as these exercises can cause physical disability when done incorrectly.

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pamudada, Australia

above asana is not good for people having back problems