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Stretch of the Week – Forward Bend

Target Benefits – Complete stretch of the spine, increasing elasticity of lumbar area, strengthens and stretches the hamstrings.

Foward Bend - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Forward Bend (Paschimothanasana)

Sit with your back, head and neck in a straight line. Place your legs straight and together in front of you. Keep your feet together and toes pointing directly upwards. Inhale, and as you do so, stretch both arms as far as possible above your head alongside your ears. Then exhale and bend forwards from the hips. Reach forwards to grasp hold of your feet as you bring the chest towards your thighs. If you can’t reach your toes, then grasp your ankles or shins.

Hold the pose for 30 secs, breathing normally , then release and repeat.

Points to note:

– Don’t perform this stretch if you have back problems.

– Bring your chest to your legs rather than your head.