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FORWARD BENDS

.. back body stretch

Forward bends are deeply calming asanas that draws us in to the inner mysteries and dynamics of our lives. The subtle energetic effects of forward bends are concentrated on the lower chakras, often revealing base emotions held deep in the body. 

In folding forward we stretch and expose the back of the body, just as there is heightened fear in dropping back into the unknown in some back bends, we tend to hold on with the backside muscles when folding forward. To fully release into forward folds, we must let go of an entire chain of muscles running from the bottom of the feet -- the plantar fascia, all along the back of the body to the front of the forehead. (Superficial Back Line Myofascial Meridian)

THE FORWARD BENDS

ASANA LABS

RESOURCES

      ALIGNMENT cues

 + USEFUL TIPS; 

allow you to UNDERSTAND,  

get up to grips.

o FORWARD BENDS

o BACK BENDS 

o TWISTS

o SIDE BENDS

o INVERSIONS

o ARM BALANCES

o MEDITATION POSTURES

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

  • In all seated folds, make the grounding of the sitting bones the first action. This rooting naturally awakens lines of energy up through the spine and out through the legs. 

  • If the student is unable to obtain pelvic neutrality, with the sacrum tilted slightly forward, they should sit on a prop to ease into that neutrality working there to elongate the spine. 

  • Anteriorly rotate the pelvis. Initiating and maximising folds this way, while maximising the neutral extension of the spine. 

CLASS INTEGRATIONS

o Forward bends can be practised at any time most safely approached when the body is warm and awakened. 

o As deeply calming asanas, forward bends are great sequenced following the practices peak asana, especially backbends and arm balance. 

o Seated forward bends are well initiated through the intelligence of Staff Pose 

o After deep forward bending over gentle back bends like Bridge Pose to reintegrate the hamstrings and back body.

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