Reverse namaskar pose

Reverse Namaskar Pose

Tadasana Paschima Namaskar or reverse namaskar pose is a beginner/intermediate pose that helps to strengthen abdomen, shoulder and arms. It is a chest opener pose and one should be careful while bending and taking hands back. This pose is good for those who suffer from back pain. It eases hand movements and gives flexibility -Healthylife

LEVEL :Intermediate


  • Abdomen|Arms|Chest|Shoulders

Pose Type

  • Arm Variation|Backbend

Sanskrit :

Tadasana Paschima Namaskar

paschima = backside of the body  namaskar = to join the hands in prayer

tada = mountain tah-dahs-anna  pah-she-mah nah-mah-skar-ahs-anna


  • Opens the chest and abdomen
  • Lessens stress and quiets the mind
  • Enhances flexibility in shoulders, arms, chest, and upper back
  • Improves posture


How To

  • From standing or seated, rest your arms loosely by your side
  • Find minor core engagement
  • Tuck your chin in slightly towards your chest
  • Lengthen your spine
  • Reach your arms behind you with palms facing each other
  • Bend your elbows and reach your fingertips towards one another
  • If accessible, keep your shoulders relaxed and broaden your chest as your palms meet behind your back
  • Rest your palms together and your pinky fingers against your spinal column
  • Modify or Replace
  • Look toward the floor if any strain is felt in the neck.
  • Practice the pose with the feet hip-distance apart.
  • Widen the arms into a cactus position to lessen the stretch in the shoulders.

Sequencing Tips


  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
  • Easy Pose (Sukhasana)


Teaching Cues

  • Draw your shoulder blades, scapula, together
  • Find core engagement and knit your low ribs inward
  • Keep the hands pressed together from fingertips to the base of the palm
  • Variations
  • Bring your hands to grasp your wrists or forearms
  • Find a standing posture, such as pyramid pose, and move into the full expression with your hands in namaskar

Watch Out For

  • Shoulder strain
  • Chest puffing out
  • Loss of core engagement
  • Neck strain

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: October 24, 2019

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