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Standing Forward Bend

This forward-bend variation is excellent for increasing flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back.

  • Inhale in Mountain Pose, and exhale to fold forward with a straight back. Tuck your chin in toward your chest, relax your shoulders, and continue lengthening the crown of your head toward the floor to create a long spine.
  • Straighten the legs as much as possible, and shift weight forward into your toes. If it feels right, then place your hands on the ground, fingertips lining up with your toes.
  • Hold here for five breaths.
Source: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio

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