Last month’s top post was the positive effects of backbends so I thought it would be nice to begin November with a look at the benefits of forward bends!
The first and most important function of forward bends is to lengthen the spine, relieving the pressure of long hours sitting or standing. Here are four more important benefits
Forward bends massage the digestive organs, increasing efficiency and function. Seated or standing forward folds are a great way to gently wake up your digestion in the morning, and are soothing at the end of the day.
Strong, flexible legs
If you can’t touch your toes, it’s time to spend more time on forward bends. They gradually relax and stretch your hamstrings and connective tissue so your flexibility improves. Flexing your quads provides the necessary counter-tension for a safe stretch, and builds strength and stability in the knee.
Activate your abs
Drawing in the belly to the spine increases your reach in forward folds and powers up your core. Regular practice cultivates the habit of keeping your tummy nice and tight, which encourages better posture, as well as building strength for more challenging yoga moves.
Relieve stress and insomnia
Forward bends have a calming effect and invigorate the nervous system. Half-tortoise pose is an excellent posture to alleviate insomnia or anxiety. Rabbit pose stretches and soothes the spine. If you need a quick fix, a simple standing forward fold will loosen and relax your body to release stress, fatigue or anxiousness.
What’s your favourite forward fold? Share in the comments?