A great source for Yoga Postures by Mark Giubarelli.
YOGA POSTURES ASANA YOGA POSES YOGA POSITIONS
Tadasana Downward Dog Cobra pose Headstand Shoulderstand Warrior 1 pose Warrior 2 pose Triangle pose Half Moon pose child pose Cat Pose
Yoga posture – Paschimottasana
Translation: Revolved Westward
From a seated position extend the legs out. Push the inner ankles together and align the toes sideways (the pinky toes and outer leg have a tendency to stretch out more due to the external rotation of the legs).
Stretch the spine upwards lengthening it as much as possible then lean forward and down with and exhalation. Allow the body to curve slightly at the shoulders in the beginning. Relax there for a moment until the muscles
release then try to straighten the spine forward.
Twist the body round using one hand to help turn you and raising the other hand up. One hand is shown down but you can just hold the side of the leg below the knee for an easier pose if your hamstrings are not flexible.
It may be more beneficial to curl the upper body. The back is stretched more especially around the shoulders and neck. It is however harder to take deep breaths as the lung volume decreases. When you are really flexible this will not be an issue. You may need a deeper stretch such as Yoganidrasana.
The big toes can also be stretched in many other postures including this one. Stretch them when you first enter this pose by holding the big toes and pulling them back towards the body while extending the pinky toes and outer legs out. This will also stretch the outer muscles, ligaments and tendons in the ankles. After a while the inner legs can be lengthened and the toes can be aligned horizontally with the inside of the big toes touching perfectly.
The hamstring muscles are stretched (the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and the semimembranosus). If the toes are pulled back a little the gastrocnemius
and the soleus and the achilles tendon are stretched. This pose is part of a Yoga for Back Pain sequence.
Yoga Teacher Tips
This is a good posture to end a sequence in. It is also a good posture to perform after a back bend sequence.
Vinyasa Yoga Sequencing and Flowing
Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to: