As you breathe deep in Standing Forward Bend, bring awareness to any tension between your shoulder blades or the back of your skull:
- From Mountain Pose, inhale and reach your arms straight above you.
- As you exhale, engage your abs and fold forward with a straight back. Tuck your chin in toward your chest, relax your shoulders, and extend the crown of the head toward the floor to create a long spine. Shift your weight forward onto your toes, straightening the legs as much as possible. Place your hands on the ground, fingertips lining up with the toes.
- Hold here for five breaths.
Here's a deeper explanation of Standing Forward Bend.
Source: Laughing River Yoga