Paschimotanasana – the posture of surrender.
This posture follows the fish in our series.
The Sivananda Companion to Yoga says of this asana:
The Forward Bend or Paschimotanasana looks deceptively simple. But it is in fact a very important and demanding pose. The Sanskrit word ‘paschima’ means ‘the West’, referring to the back of the body, which is literally stretched from the heels to the top of the spine. Practising this asana invigorates the internal organs, reduces fat, and stimulates the entire nervous system.
The sitting forward bend is followed by the cobra.