Seated Two Leg Forward Bend: How-to, Tips, Benefits

In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Seated Two Leg Forward Bend.

How-to: Sit with your legs out straight and together. Bend your knees as much as needed to make a forward lean possible, then lean forward until you feel some resistance in the backs of your legs, gently holding your hands around your calves, ankles or feet.

Tips: With knees either bent or straight, keep your chest long and open as you come forward, leading with your belly and lower ribs rather than your shoulders.Take several breaths to come forward in this way, relaxing on your exhales. Round over your legs at the end to release your back and neck.

Benefits: Opens the backs of your legs. Patience.

Michael Taylor is a yoga guide at Strala Yoga in New York City. (Michael prefers "guide" to "instructor"). He's practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than two decades. He holds a degree in mind-body medicine from Harvard, and studied alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. Mike is also the CEO of social media company Odyl, climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles.

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