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3 Standing Forward Bend Options – 1 Recommendation

1-01 copySeveral days ago, I blogged about the five directions of spinal movement in my post, Yoga for Spine Flexibility. An ability to move easily into and out of these five directions is fundamental to spinal health.

Forward bending is one of these five directions and, in yoga, can be done standing, kneeling, sitting and lying on your back. In my yoga tradition (Viniyoga), the primary purpose of a forward bend is to stretch the low back. In order to do that, it makes a difference how the movement into the forward bend is accomplished.

In her blog, How to Bend Forward Without Stressing the Spine, Olga Kabel gives an excellent explanation of three ways to move into a standing forward bend: swan dive; neutral spine; nose dive. She explains the importance of using the neutral spine option and how to do it. She also explains the importance of keeping your knees bent while in the forward bend.

Olga’s blog is definitely worth reading, particularly if you are a yogi who has been swan diving or nose diving into standing forward bends.

Enjoy and Breathe Easy

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Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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