Straddle Forward Bend Yoga Pose
This Yoga Pose is another simple one with infinite benefits to the body and mind, but it takes a lot ofpractice and surrender. Practice this one slowly. Each time, hold for a bit longer to stretch the legs, hamstrings, hips, and spine, using the breath to deepen into the Yoga Pose.
QUALITY Calming, grounding EFFECT Cleansing, flexibility, tranquility PROPS Block, blanket GAZE Inward
1 Begin in a seated position with your legs crossed. Place a folded blanket under the edge of your si bones. Straighten your legs and open them to the sides, one at a time, as wide as they will go.
2 Sit up tall with your hands behind you to lengthen your spine. Open your chest by drawing your shoulders down and away from your ears.
3 Flex your feet and bend your knees a bit to actively roll your thighs out from your hips. Walk your hands forward in front of you between your legs as you press back with your hips.
4 Keep walking your hands forward as far as they will go, reaching your chest toward the ground. Place your forearms on the ground or on blocks. Press your chest forward, continuing to draw your shoulders back to open your chest and lengthen your spine.
5 Stay here for 5 to 8 breaths, lengthening your legs and spine with every exhale. Next, reach for you feet with your hands and release deeper into the Yoga Pose for another 5 to 8 breaths.