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Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend will help loosen up the back of your body before getting into the more strenuous twisting postures:

  • From Downward Facing Dog, move through a vinyasa (Four-Limbed Staff to Up Dog to Down Dog).
  • Once you're in Downward Facing Dog, either step one foot at a time or hop to the front of your mat. Inhale with a flat back, and gaze slightly forward.
  • As you exhale, engage your abs to 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.

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