Urdhva paschimottasana

A great source for Yoga Postures by Mark Giubarelli.

Urdhva Mukha Paschimottasana

Translation: Upward Facing Westward Pose
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Bend the knees towards the chest.

Wrap the hands around the legs.white space

Straighten the legs up.white space

Push through the heels, toes and ballpoints of the toes.

Stretching through the heels will result in a much deeper stretch along the legs and back but extending through the toes stretches tibia muscles and the ankles.

The legs also come down a little more creating more of an angle at the hips.
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Practice this pose against a wall.
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This is a great hamstring and lower back stretch.

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Yoga Teacher Tips
This is a great posture to add to a class for fun. Students are rolling over trying to get in the pose which provides entertainment for everybody.white space

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Vinyasa Yoga Sequencing and Flowing
Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to:
Paschimottasana yoga position asana Yoga Posture shoulderstand Navasana boat pose cobra pose Bhujangasana cobra pose Bhujangasana handstand scorpion Yoga Posture supta konasana Parsva Sarvangasana fish pose matsyasana cobra pose Bhujangasana sarvangasana frog pose Ardha Parsva Sarvangasana Baddha Konasana Bound Angle Pose Yoga Posture Upavistha konasana
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This variation of the seated forward bend Paschimottasana is both challenging and fun. It may be best to enter it from the boat pose Navasana.

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