Forward Twisting Bend

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Stand with the feet well apart. Raise the arms to the sides and bend forward from the hip joints, keeping the lower back flat. Now twist to the right and place the left hand on the right leg or on the floor in front of the right foot (bend the knees if necessary). Raise the right arm above you, turning the chest and head to look at that hand. Then, remaining in the forward bend, reverse the twist, taking the right hand to the left side.

Slowly alternate sides 3-5 times. Breathe steadily throughout the movements, exhaling as you deepen into the twist and inhaling as you release.

Benefits: Stretches the hamstrings and inner thighs; develops flexibility in the hips and spine; tones the abdomen; improves balance. 

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