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.

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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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Yoga Seated Forward Bend side elevation (Male & Female)

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