Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Rejuvenating Standing Forward Bend

Forward bends (Uttanasana) are very good stretches if you spend hours sitting down. Bending forward releases tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
Forward bends also stretch the back of the legs. In itself it is not important to be able to touch the ground, but having the flexibility to do it is useful in life.
Energetically, forward bends are calming, as opposed to backbends which are energising. It is a good idea to do a forward bend in the evening or any time there is a need to release stress. 
By hanging the head upside down, it is also refreshing to see the world from a different point of view.

A memo:
- legs hips-width apart
- bend the knees a lot
- roll down slowly, head first and let the arms dangle freely
- nod and shake your head gently as if saying Yes-No-Yes-No and feel the scull stretch out of its socket
- breathe deeply into the ribcage and let it expand
- while bending down, throw in a few delicious facial exercises to keep the face looking young
- then roll up slowly and gently with the head coming up last

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