Pose of the Day... Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend... Upavishta Konasana

Instructions:    From Dandasana / Staff pose, bring your legs wide apart, up to a point where you feel a good stretch, but can still hold the pose, maintaining a straight spine, and without falling back.    Flex your feet, and keep your knees and toes pointed up towards the ceiling. Press your legs and sitting bones down, and lengthen up through your spine.    With a long spine, bend from the hips. Place your hands between your legs on the floor, and slowly exhale as you start to walk your hands forwards.    Maintain length along the front of your body as you come further into the forward bend. If you feel you are starting to arch your back, don’t lower any further.    Hold this pose for 5 to 10 breaths.    To come out of the pose, come up with a straight back, pressing your sitting bones down, as you exhale.    Benefits:    Stretches the hamstrings and inner thighs.    Opens the hips and back of the body.    Stimulates the abdominal organs.    Strengthens your spine.

Instructions:

From Dandasana / Staff pose, bring your legs wide apart, up to a point where you feel a good stretch, but can still hold the pose, maintaining a straight spine, and without falling back.

Flex your feet, and keep your knees and toes pointed up towards the ceiling. Press your legs and sitting bones down, and lengthen up through your spine.

With a long spine, bend from the hips. Place your hands between your legs on the floor, and slowly exhale as you start to walk your hands forwards.

Maintain length along the front of your body as you come further into the forward bend. If you feel you are starting to arch your back, don’t lower any further.

Hold this pose for 5 to 10 breaths.

To come out of the pose, come up with a straight back, pressing your sitting bones down, as you exhale.

Benefits:

Stretches the hamstrings and inner thighs.

Opens the hips and back of the body.

Stimulates the abdominal organs.

Strengthens your spine.