Forward Bends For Stiff Bodies – Weekly Intermediate Class 23

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Focus

It is often a misconception that being good at forward bends means being able to bend like a hinge. With experience comes the knowledge of how to balance a pose. Knowing how far to come forwards whilst keeping your chest open and spine straight; keeping your pelvis anchored as your spine moves forwards; and evenly extending the right and left sides of the body. With this in mind it is common for students with stiff bodies to gain an increasingly thorough understanding of forward bends.

This class will be a good reminder of how to approach forward bends if you are working with restriction in your body. As you work through the main forward bends you will be concentrating on techniques that help to accomodate stiffness. This is a great opportunity to explore how foundation principles can lead towards a more advanced yoga practice.

Key Poses

baddha konasana, janu sirsasana, triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana, upavista konasana, paschimottanasana

Equipment

Mat, 2 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

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