Standing And Seated Forward Bends – Weekly Advanced Class 23

Focus: Forward bends are often thought of as seated yoga poses. When you are newer to yoga it is often easier to learn techniques for forward bends in a standing position. When standing, you are more able to use your leg strength to support you spine and keep your chest open. This approach is still beneficial when you become more experienced. Standing forward bends help to prepare you physically and mentally for a sequence of seated forward bends.

This class includes several such standing forward bends. You are guided through uttanasana, utthita hasta padangusthasana and urdhva prasarita eka padasana. From there you work with a couple of standing poses that utilise forward bend techniques. Eventually you transition to some seated hip opening poses, and then forward bends working from the floor.

Key Poses: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana, Parsvottanasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana, Paschimottanasana

Equipment: Mat, chair, bolster, 2 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Advanced

Duration: 60 min

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