#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 48

Standing Side Bend

Benefits:

  • Great side opener.
  • Helps tone core.
  • Strengthens back.

Foundation & General Alignment:

  • Start standing in Tadasana with arms above head and fingers interlaced.
  • Gently bend to one side, make sure not to force body over.
  • Keep feet firmly planted on the ground, legs are engaged.
  • Belly is toned and pelvis is in a natural position.
  • Head is looking forward, in natural position.
  • Shoulders aren't popping forward.

Common Problems:

  • Both feet aren’t evenly planted on the ground.
  • “Collapsing” into the side you’re bending on.
  • Shoulders are popping forward instead of remaining back.

Modifications:

  • Using one hand instead of both.
  • Leaning against a wall for support.

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