•• YOGI TIPS FOR STANDING FORWARD FOLD ••
If there’s an asana you can’t rush or force onto yourself, it’s a Standing Forward fold (or any forward fold) flexibility based asanas requires lot of work and i promise, no matter how frustrating, that patience you need, will be worth it in the end.
– don’t go right into a standing forward fold, ease into it. So stand hip width apart, bent your knees and lower your chest as close to your thighs as you can.
– bring your weight into the balls of your feet, not your heels. This will help stack your hips above your ankles when your legs are straight.
– I like to stay here and swap between bent and straight legs (30 secs each) for about 10 sets.
– once I feel warmer, I get my legs as straight as I can comfortably (no strain or pain) grab my elbows and drop my head. (Like the video ☝ ️)
– keep your back straight the whole time. NO ROUNDING to get your chest lower than it can go.
– practice transitioning from a flat back (halfway lift) to forward fold a few times to get a feel of having a flat back in a FF.
– never force yourself to go deeper when you are not ready!
– keep your hands on the mat and get a feel of balancing on the balls of your feet (many fall over at the start) this is how your weight needs to be distributed.
– I like practicing all different kinds of Forward folds! Standing, seated, reclined, against a wall etc. they all help!
– remember to counter your poses for the best feel. I like doing minor standing backbends if I practice forward folds
– get all warmed up (sun salutations X5 rounds) and remember, the warmer you are, the bendier you will be.
– There is so harm in using props to help build your flexibility! I love using blocks and straps to help me.
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