Today’s pose guide is how to do wide legged forward bend. Wide Legged Forward Bend, Prasarita Padottanasana is an awesome pose for stretching the lower body. It’s also a really good transition pose in a standing flow. I would say the full expression of this pose is for intermediate pratitioners, mostly because of the hamstring strength and flexibility required to enter the pose. Hoowever, as with everything in yoga, there are different ways to modify this pose. There’s a step by step guide for this pose at the end of the post.
One thing that really helps me move deeper in this pose is to push my palms down and forward on the mat. Almost like you’re trying to slide your mat out from under you. This helps to activate your arms and core muscles in this pose.
To modify this pose:Straighen your arms (step 4) if the stretch in your hamstrings is too deep when you lower all the way down. You can also place a block between your palms to bring the floor closer to you.
- Strengthens the legs, ankles and hips.
- Stretches the hamstrings, hips, lower back and groin muscles.
Related: How to do Downward Facing Dog.
How to do Wide Legged Forward Bend
Step by step guide
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