Let’s learn about benefits of Ashtanga Yoga and it’s Asanas. This posture is called Purvatanasana which is the second of the seated postures in the primary series. In BKS Iyengar’s book “Light on Yoga” it says Purva literally means the East. It means the front of the whole body from the forehead to the toes, and Uttana means an intense stretch.

The benefits regarding to BKS Iyengar are strengthening the wrists and ankles, it also improves the movement of the shoulder joints and expands the chest fully. It gives relief from the fatigue caused by doing other strenous forward bending asanas.

Regarding to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois it says in the Yoga Mala “Purvatanasana purifies and strengthens the heart, anus, spinal column and waist.” It recommends also to perform a backbending asana immediately after a forward bending asana, that’s why Purvotanasana is to be done after Paschimattanasana which is a deep forward bending posture.