Prasarita Padottanasana II is an advanced movement of the earlier pose. Here the hands are placed on the waist instead of on the floor, or are folded at the back as if one is doing ‘namaste’ behind the back as described in Parsvottanasana. In this movement the leg stretch is intensified.

Effects of Prasarita Padottanasana II

In this pose the hamstring and abductor muscles are fully developed, while blood is made to flow to the trunk and the head. People who cannot do Sirshasana can benefit from this pose, which increases digestive powers.

All the standing poses described a hove are necessary for beginners. As the pupil advances he attains better flexibility and then the standing poses can be dispensed with, though it is advisable to do them once a week. All these standing poses help to reduce the body weight.