Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend - Upavistha Konasana
The wide-angle seated forward bend pose is a great full body stretch and strengthening asana. If you are looking to give those hamstrings a good workout, the wide-angle seated forward bend is the perfect yoga posture to include in your yoga routine! It may be a bit challenging to perform initially, but with regular practice you will be able to perform the wide-angle seated forward bend with ease. You can perform the baddha konasana, dandasana, supta baddha konasana and supta padangusthasana as preparatory poses before you attempt the wide-angle seated forward bend!
Step by Step Instructions
Spread your yoga mat in a peaceful spot and perform the wide-angle seated forward bend sequence!
- Position yourself in the dandasana (staff pose) on the yoga mat.
- Spread your legs out as much as you can without straining yourself.
- Keep your feet flexed, toes pointing upwards, and press your legs against the mat.
- Now bend your upper body forward between your legs, keeping your back flat. Stop bending as soon as you feel your back beginning to round.
- Maintain the pose for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute.
The wide-angle seated forward bend pose has numerous heath benefits!
- Acts as a stimulant for the abdominal organs.
- Stretches and strengthens the spine.
- Relaxes the brain and helps to release stress.
- A great pose for stretching the legs and groin.
Things to Remember!
Individuals with injuries or pain in the lower back should refrain from attempting the wide-angle seated forward bend. Enlist the help of a yoga professional who can suggest suitable modifications according to the severity of the condition.