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Seated Forward Fold

January 11, 2024
January 11, 2024 Jennifer Doran

Seated Forward Fold

Seated Forward Fold or Paschimottanasana: Unveiling the Basics

Incorporating a forward bend, such as Seated Forward Fold or Paschimottanasana, is crucial in yoga practice to nurture flexibility in the hamstrings, lower and upper back, and sides. This foundational yoga pose is especially beneficial for beginners, aiding in the gradual opening of the body while cultivating resilience in challenging postures.

How to Perform:

Begin by sitting on the floor with your buttocks supported on a folded blanket and legs extended in front.

Inhale, raising your hands over your head and stretching upward.

Exhale, extending your arms forward, reaching for your feet.

Lift your chest, engage your lower abdominals, and envision your belly button moving towards the top of your thighs.

Maintain the pose for up to 10 breaths before gently releasing with an inhalation.

Beginner’s Tip:

If you encounter sharp pain, scale back the intensity. However, if you feel tension while folding forward and can still breathe comfortably, you’re on the right track. Gradually, with persistence, you’ll notice the release of tension. Alternatively, keep your knees bent in the pose, ensuring your feet stay flexed and together for added support. This nuanced approach ensures a safe and effective practice for all levels.