Paschimottanasana is a Seated Forward Bend yoga pose but I will not bend forward down to my legs! Here is why.
✨ Forward bends are simple yet very effective postures to calm down your nerves, stretch spine and back of your body in general.
ℹ️ However, it can hurt you badly (and it did hurt me!) if your body is not ready or if you have injuries-sensitivities or simply your body type is not for that bend.
🧘♀️ Like with all postures in yoga, there is no right or wrong, there are different people with different needs.
I tell you mine. I have chronic hernia in my lower back and my back has always been the week part of my body. I need to have strong core and glutes to protect my back and regular stretching and roller massage to my legs and glutes to keep connective tissues fluid.
🤸🏻♀️ I am also very flexible. So I can bend in this posture, completely without any problem, but then I feel the pain the day after in my lower back, since my ligaments-joints were too far stretched without any pain!
✔️ So long story short, stability before flexibility, and do not go to the far end of range of motion and stay-enjoy the stretch that your body really benefits and not harms another part. And keep on strengthening your glutes, core and legs as much as you stretch them.
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