Keeping The Chest Open In Forward Bends – Weekly Intermediate Class 16

Focus: The ability to keep an open chest whilst in a forward bend is hugely beneficial. It helps to give more of an energetic lift to your practice. It also helps to alleviate potential strain on the spine by minimising the degree of arching in the back. This class works with practical methods for keeping the chest open in forward bends.

Standing forward bends are worked with initially, enabling you to utilise leg strength to lengthen the front of the spine, and contain the back of the spine. From there you progress to seated poses where fundamental forward bend techniques are explored. Eventually you make use of a chair to actively get the chest as open as possible. This approach will also enable you to improve mobility in your shoulders.

Key Poses: Parsvottanasana, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, Paschimottanasana, Upavista Konasana

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

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 40 min

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  1. Marie O

    Fantastic cues for Paschimottanasana. This is the first time it has been explained to me this way. I was able to get much more extension through my back and legs. An enjoyable class. Thank you!

  2. Sharon C

    Thank you for your wonderful classes. I love your calming voice but is there any way you could make it louder? Even at maximum volume on my MacBook I can sometimes barely hear you
    Thank you again.

    • Rod

      Thanks for your feedback Sharon. These earlier classes were very soft. We have since upgraded the sound equipment significantly. I would suggest trying the newer classes. The sound quality is much better.

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