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Standing Forward Bend: How-to, Tips, Benefits

Michael Taylor
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August 30, 2010
Michael Taylor
Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga
By Michael Taylor
Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala Yoga.
August 30, 2010

Tight back, shoulders and neck from sitting at a desk all day, moving boxes, or everyday stress? Here's how you can relax into a forward bend to start releasing all that tension and lining things up right.

How-to: Stand with your feet parallel, hip width apart. Fold forward over your legs, allowing your back, arms, and neck to release toward the ground.

Tips: Don't worry about how close to your thighs or ground you get, and avoid using your muscles to pull you down here. Just breathe a lot, notice where you have tension in your back, legs, and neck, and see if you can release a bit with each exhale. A slight bend in the knees allows a shift in focus from releasing the backs of your legs to your back muscles.

Benefits: Releases the muscles around the spine and neck, release the backs of legs.

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala Yoga, along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard University and complementary medicine at the University of Oxford. Taylor has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years.

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Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala Yoga, along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard University and complementary medicine at the University of Oxford. Taylor has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years.

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