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The Forward Bend in Yoga

7 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Yoga

In yoga, the forward bend is an extremely relaxing pose, because you stretch your back and legs. These step-by-step instructions demonstrate the forward bend. From here, you want to pick up a book, rent a video, or take a class to obtain guidance on how long to hold these poses, how often to repeat them, and how to combine them with other poses.

1

Start in a sitting position, with your legs out in front of you in a V, toes pointed up toward the ceiling.

Use whatever width of V is comfortable for you. Pull up on your butt so that you are resting on your pelvic bone.

2

Stretch your arms straight up and inhale.

Try to lengthen your spine as you stretch.

3

As you exhale, lean your chest forward.

Keep your back straight as you lean forward.

4

Try to bring your chin to your shins and your chest to your thighs.

Ease into the stretch and go as far as you comfortably can.

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