IMPROVE GASTRIC AND DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
PADA means foot, HASTA means hand. This posture is done by stretching forward and standing on one’s hands.
Benefits: The second of these asanas is more arduous than the first, although the effects of both are the same. Abdominal organs are toned and digestive secretions increase while the liver and spleen are activated. People with a feeling of abdominal swelling or gastric disorders will benefit greatly from these postures. In people affected with herniated discs, if the position of the back is concave this posture is very beneficial. Those who still can not place their finger of their hands on their feet and can not place the concave column can begin with some variations of these postures, for example using blocks, or taking of the calves.
Technique: Separating the legs from the width of the hips, exhaling the body forward, and without bending the knees, grasp the thumbs of the feet (for Padangusthasana) with your fingers or place the palms of your hands under of the feet touching the plants (for Padahasthasana). Holding the head up, the column is placed as concave as possible, inhaling and exhaling, contracting the abdomen, fold the concave column towards the legs, which remain erect. Hold the posture by breathing Ujjayi for 30 or 40 seconds, then inhale, straighten and return to standing posture.