With Yoga Asana Practice we direct the energy flow in our bodies. Each group of yoga asanas (forward bends, twists, inversions etc.) produce certain results. Forward bends as a group, for example, have a cooling effect.
Just what we need in the blazing heat of the summer. We should practice them diligently!
Paschimottanasa, or seated forward bend, helps us to turn inward and find our center. When things get a little too aggravated practice this pose for 2,3,4 5, minutes. It’ll make you feel a lot better – instantly.
Start in a seated position, with legs extended out and a straight spine. If needed, sit on a blanket. Extend arms towards the ceiling and in line with the ears. While pressing down with the backs of the legs, lead with the chest and fold forward. Clasp the feet and push the balls of the feet into the hands. Continue to ground the thighs and move the shoulders back towards the waist. Extend forward through the sides of the body and crown of the head.
Lower back issues. If pregnant, will need to spread legs wide to create room for the belly – which gives you a slightly different variation.
Place blanket under the hips. Use strap around the balls of the feed. Place a blanket under the bent knees.