Paschimottanasana, the seated forward bend, is the fifth of the 12 basic postures of hatha yoga. There are many benefits of this posture, the main and most obvious one is to provide a complete stretch of the entire backside of the body from the back of the head through the heels.
*Stretches the hamstrings
*Stretches and lengthens the spine
*Massages the internal organs, especially the digestive organs
*Relieves digestive problems such as constipation
*Relieves problems with sciatica
*Invigorates the nervous system
Paschimottanasana also calms the nervous system and emotions and stimulates the reproductive and urinary systems.