Restorative Yoga Poses : Supported Straddle Forward Fold

Supported Straddle Forward Fold

Forward Bend • 5 to 8 minutes

PROPS

Bolster (or 2 rolled blankets or a large pillow)

2 blocks (or large hardcover books)

PRECAUTIONS

  • If you have any injury or strain to your hamstring tendons, substitute Seated Butterfly .
  • You may need to stack a second bolster or folded blankets on top of the bolster so you can avoid strain and relax.

BENEFITS

  • Gently stretches your glutes, hamstrings, and inner thigh and back muscles.
  • Eases tension in your neck and jaw.
  • Relieves tension in your lower back.
  • Grounds your energy and centers your mind.

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. . Start in a sitting position with your legs long and wide.
  2. . Place a block about one foot from your pelvis on its lowest setting. On the far side of it, place another block on its tallest setting, creating an “L” shape.
  1. . Secure the bolster on top of the blocks with one end close to your pelvis, then lean forward and rest your abdomen, chest, and either cheek on the bolster. Relax your arms.
  1. . Halfway through, turn your head and place the opposite cheek down for an equal stretch of your neck.
  1. . Remain in Supported Straddle Forward Fold for 5 to 8 minutes. To exit, press yourself up, move the props aside, and use your hands to bend your knees into your chest.

TIP

Bring your awareness down to the roots of your body, and feel your hips, legs, and feet softening as the stirrings of your mind subside.

 

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