Skip Nav
Celebrity Fitness
How Victoria's Secret Angel Bridget Malcolm Gets Her Amazing Body
Barack Obama
We Have a Lot of Questions After Listening to President Obama's Workout Playlist
Healthy Recipes
Bite-Size Caramel Apples Made Without an Ounce of Sugar or Dairy

Strike A Yoga Pose: Wide-Legged Forward Bend

I love this pose because it really stretches out my hamstrings and lengthens my spine. It's especially great after a run or hike.

To get into wide-legged forward bend:

  • Start at the front of your mat in mountain pose.
  • As you inhale, take a step open to the right, so there's about 3-4 feet between your feet. As you exhale, bring your hands to your hips.
  • Inhale and point your toes in so your heels are wider than your toes, and then lengthen through your spine.
  • Exhale and hinge at your hips folding forward, trying to keep your spine straight.
  • Grab your big toes with the first 2 fingers and thumbs. Shift your weight forward into your toes so your hips are in line with your heels.
  • As you hold for 5 breaths (or as long as you'd like), think about drawing the crown of your head to the ground. (If your head touches the ground easily, bring your feet closer together.)
  • To come out of the pose, inhale and look up. Exhale, place your hands on your hips. Inhale and slowly lift your torso all the way up. Exhale back to mountain pose at the front of your mat.

That's it. Make sure to practice this one because it'll get you ready for the next Yoga Challenge. To check out the previous poses, go to It's a STRETCH: Fit's Yoga Challenge group.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
What Not to Wear to Yoga Class
This Belly Breathing Technique Will Boost Your Yoga Practice
Gentle Yoga Sequence
Yoga Poses That Strengthen Your Abs and Core
What It's Like Being a Traveling Yoga Instructor
Why People Are Doing Yoga With Animals
Yoga Poses For Better Sleep

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds