Standing Forward Bend
Standing Forward Bend will help loosen up the back of your body before getting into the more strenuous twisting postures:
- From Downward Facing Dog, move through a vinyasa (Four-Limbed Staff to Up Dog to Down Dog).
- Once you're in Downward Facing Dog, either step one foot at a time or hop to the front of your mat. Inhale with a flat back, and gaze slightly forward.
- As you exhale, engage your abs to fold forward with a straight back. Tuck your chin in toward your chest, relax your shoulders, and extend the crown of the head toward the floor to create a long spine. Shift your weight forward onto your toes, straightening the legs as much as possible. Place your hands on the ground, fingertips lining up with the toes.
- Hold here for five breaths.