Forward Fold

This popular yoga pose stretches ones calves, hamstrings, and hips; while strengthening the legs and knees. To start you stand with your feet hip-width apart from one another, gently lean forward at the hips and lower your torso towards the floor. Avoid doing this drastically as this could lead to serious injury. Bend your knees as much as you need to take any pressure out of your lower back and hamstrings. Try to set a goal to grab you ankles note this may not be possible the very first time. Only you know your body best so don’t push it. Breathe deeply and feel gravity take control of your body towards the earth. Slowly shake your head or sway your torso. Try holding this position for a minute and roll back up to a standing position.

Why it’s good for you:

This is a great way to get the blood flowing and a great move to use as a part of a warm-up routine.
Often time’s people are troubled with headaches, neck pain or shoulder pain and they cannot find the cause. We have a hard time determining that we are housing excess tension in our head, neck and shoulder regions. Built up tension can lead to mild to severe headaches, poor blood circulation, insomnia and shortage of breath or decreased lung capacity over time. If you can learn to control your breathing and steady your breathing while doing this pose it may lower your blood pressure over a set period of time.

A few things to remember when doing this pose first Alignment is key. Second you can use props, for example if you cannot reach the floor do not strain yourself trying to. Ease into it by first using blocks or a chair, and gradually as your body loosens up so will your flexibility. Lastly Do Not Push it, you can seriously injury yourself doing this pose, please take it easy.

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