Yoga Melissa 134 Beginners Yoga Forward Folds

by Melissa West on June 29, 2012

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Forward Folds

Namaste-Yoga-Episode-134In the penultimate class of the beginners series we will be exploring forward folds. Seated forward folds can be particularly challenging for beginners because of tight hips, hamstrings and low backs. Here it is important to take the time to execute proper preparatory poses as we did at the beginning of the series to prepare your body so that it is easier for your pelvis to roll over your leg bones. During this class we will spend a lot of time loosening up your hip joints and creating a lot of space in your hip socket so this happens more easily. We will open up the backs of your legs to create length in preparation for your forward folds as well. Patience is extremely important in forward folds. Progress here is usually very slow. In preparing for this class I finally realized where I got the saying, “Infinite time and no ambition,” apparently it was something Vanda Scaravali said in relation to forward folds! Eventually forward folds can be calming and restorative, but for most people it is an exercise in patience as we learn to surrender into “what is” in our bodies. Props needed 2 block a blanket. Visit to leave your testimonials. Thank you for making us Canada’s Most Popular Free One Hour Online Yoga Show!
Props Needed: 2 block a blanket.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: knee sways or windshield wiper legs, Keyhole Stretch , Knee to chest Pose or Apanasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Parsvottanasana or Standing Forward Folding Triangle, Utkatasana or Chair Pose, Wide legged Standing Forward fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Half bow Pose or Ardha Dhanurasana, marichyasana or marichi’s twist, janu sirsasana or head beyond knee pose, upavista konasana or wide legged seated forward fold, savasana or corpse pose

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