Seated Forward Bend

Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), also known as seated forward fold, is a meditative yoga pose that helps relieve stress. Performed later in the yoga sequence when the body is warmed-up, the Seated Forward Bend is a deep and calming stretch for the spine, shoulders, pelvis, hamstrings. To perform the Seated Forward Bend, sit with your legs extended in front, and inhale and exhale into a forward bend from the hips. Grab your shins, ankles or feet and continue to lengthen and fold deeper.

Drawing of a man and woman in the Yoga Seated Forward Bend posture with diagram of forces

Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), also known as seated forward fold, is a meditative yoga pose that helps relieve stress. Performed later in the yoga sequence when the body is warmed-up, the Seated Forward Bend is a deep and calming stretch for the spine, shoulders, pelvis, hamstrings. To perform the Seated Forward Bend, sit with your legs extended in front, and inhale and exhale into a forward bend from the hips. Grab your shins, ankles or feet and continue to lengthen and fold deeper.

Common Questions
Common Questions
Common Questions
How do you become a yoga instructor?
To become a yoga instructor, a teacher training that includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, instructional techniques, and yoga philosophy needs to be completed. After the completion of the program, budding instructors can apply for registration by the Yoga Alliance for the Registered Yoga Teacher (RTY) credential. Most professionals in the industry continue to earn educational credits by attending workshops and seminars.
How many calories does yoga burn?
The number of calories burned doing yoga depends on the type of yoga and the length and intensity of the class. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 160 pound person may burn around 183 calories in an hour long Hatha (basic) yoga class. However, the same person may burn 460 calories in a Bikram (also known as hot yoga) yoga class.

How often should you do yoga?
The frequency of yoga practice should be an individual decision depending on personal goals and preferences. The benefits of yoga can be received if practiced every day, but those same benefits can also be received from practicing once weekly or biweekly.

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Sanskrit Name: Paschimottanasana
Benefits (Physical): Stretches spine, shoulders, pelvis, hamstrings
Benefits (Core): Calms mind, prepares for meditation
Modifications: Switch into ‘Legs Up the Wall’ pose on your back
Variations: Bend your knees if your hamstrings or lower back are tight

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