Forward Fold

by Restorative Yoga Poses on April 14, 2011

Yoga Forward Fold:

Forward folds in yoga help to calm the brain, relieve stress, and counter-act depression. Other benefits include: stimulation of the kidneys and liver helping to cleanse the body, improvement of digestion, and relief from menopausal symptoms. The body benefits from forward folds as consistent practice helps to stretch and lengthen tight hamstrings, calves, and hips. These poses help to reduce fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia. Forward folds have the power to help alleviate ailments such as sinusitis, high blood pressure, and asthma.

Yoga Forward Folds:

Paschimottanasana, Supported Forward Fold
Salamba Balasana, Supported Child’s Pose
Janu Sirsasana, Head-To-Knee Forward Fold
Salamba Upavistha Konasana, Supported Wide-Angle Pose

Adho Mukha Virasana, Downward Facing Supported Hero

Breathing in Forward Folds:
Try to breathe consciously and fully into the back of the torso. Poses such as Balasana (Child’s Pose) provide an excellent opportunity to do practice deep breathing. Start by Imagining that with each inhalation your spine is pressing toward the sky, lengthening the spine. Then, on the exhalation release the torso a bit deeper into the fold. In general, for all restorative yoga forward folds you may use Ujjayi and dirgha breath as well as regular deep inhalations and exhalations.

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