Purvo-East. Referring to the front of the body. Uttana-intense stretch(Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar)
Benefits of the pose:
Strengthens core, abs,quads, wrists, ankles
Counter pose to forward folds
What is needed to do full pose:
Strong Core and
Prasarita Padotanasana C
Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.