Focus: This class approaches standing poses from the perspective of forward bends. It emphasises the common ground shared between these two asana groups. Try this sequence as a stand alone practice to lengthen your hamstrings and adductors, or use it as a prelude for a longer session including forward bends if time allows. Standing poses can be a great way of preparing your body for a sequence of seated forward bends. Within the standing pose group there are particular asanas and variations that are closely related to forward bends. They focus on similar muscle groups and share common techniques and actions. Bending forwards from a standing position can also help you to bypass restrictions associated with stiff knees or hips. Whilst standing on your feet you will often have improved freedom to mobilise your legs and arms. This can help to keep your spine supported in positions that may otherwise be challenging for people practicing with restricted mobility.
Key Poses: Trikonasana, parsvottanasana, parivrtta trikonasana, ardha chandrasana, parivrtta ardha chandrasana, urdhva prasarita ekapadasana, virabhadrasana III.
Equipment: Mat, blanket, 3 blocks, belt.
Duration: 55 min