FORWARD FOLD YOGA POSES
Forward fold yoga postures give your body the flexibility it needs to stay active and comfortable while also soothing your mind and nervous system. As the front of the body contracts, the back of the body lengthens, making forward folds an effective way to lengthen muscles along your spine and in the backs of your legs. The shape of a forward fold is also very nurturing, which is why coming into a forward fold can feel so healing. From reducing stress to boosting your mood, forward bend yoga poses are a great opportunity to care for your body and mind.
Additionally, the pressure placed on the internal organs of the abdomen as you fold forward help to improve digestion and to stimulate the functioning of the liver, kidneys, and spleen. For people who suffer from headaches, forward folds are a great natural solution to dealing with the pain and discomfort.
While many forward bend postures can be practiced standing or even balancing, working on the postures that keep you seated on the ground can help you better understand your body and its natural alignment. Using the floor for feedback in these poses can help keep you safe and avoid risking any potential injuries that could be caused by trying to move too quickly and too deeply into a more challenging shape.
What are the best forward fold yoga poses for a beginner?
Wide-angle seated forward bend pose (upavistha konasana) is a great pose for beginning students to start to familiarize themselves with the shape and actions of forward folds. Most students benefit from practicing this posture seated on the edge of a folded blanket in order to help tilt the bowl of their pelvis forward. Using a bolster or folded blanket under the knees can help alleviate the discomfort some students experience.
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