Tips for Forward Folding in Yoga
Increasing Hip Flexion or Forward Folding
Triang Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana
This posture comes near the beginning of the Ashtanga Primary Series seated postures. This posture can be super comfy for some and for others you feel like you are falling sideways and can’t find a nice seat. In this episode of Asana School we look at the posture through an anatomical lens and explore some of the reasons behind why you might find this posture challenging.
Themed Interview with Mark Darby: Forwardfolding
Different teachers have different takes on how we should do particular postures and forward folding is just such a group. In this video I talk to Darby about forwardfolding in general and the we move into a demo type workshop where Darby presents what he feels is a good way to approach forward folds.
Lengthening the Torso in Forward Bends
In “Preventative Strategies for Lower Back Strains Part I,” we discussed femoral-pelvic and lumbar-pelvic rhythm, muscles that influence these rhythms, and the effects of these muscles on the lumbar spine. Here, our discussion progresses as we cover the trunk, the thoraco-lumbar fascia (TLF), Uddiyana Bandha and how accurate knowledge of this can be used to enhance the benefits of yoga and decrease the risk of lower back strains.