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Yoga Fan

Great pose and good for people with back and hip issues. @ Seaman/Susannah, When you start out any pose you never do a full pose. For this one, you don't have to directly go and touch the floor. Most people start by parting their legs and after stretching a bit you lean forward. First go to a position you feel comfortable and repeat it before try to lean forward more. After a while some people can touch the floor while others can only get about half way. It depends on your flexibility and health.

Seaman Asif

I have learned it after 2 weeks regular practicing, alone. But i felt severe pain in my thighs and groins. Couldn't sleep 1 night for severe pain. Besides, My gf can does it easily, without trainig! How funny! Beware of it. If your body is not flexible enough, then try not to do it alone!


I am 62 year old lady and still perform with ease.


I like seeing the photo. I couldn't possibly do the pose like that, but it looks absolutely beautiful, and inspires me to keep trying. Besides, if I don't know what I'm aiming for, how am I supposed to aim for it?


We might explain the purpose of the pose and then adjust the pose so the body can approach or fulfill the purpose.

Don M.

When we compare, we breed discouragement, or worse. We need to move beyond comparisons, in and outside of yoga. Simply look at the pose as what it is: a path, not a goal.


I have no problem seeing those incredibly able-bodied yoga people doing amazing poses...I like seeing the pose done correctly even if I cannot yet do the pose. It gives me something to look forward to...


Talk about comparing oneself to others!! Perhaps you should use photos of people that are not super flexible or skilled. I have no problem with wide angle seated forward bend but if I did that photo would discourage me.


love the easy to follow...don't need pictures...seriously people!!


I usually do this pose after I do the bending on ach leg separately. But please ilustrate the variations (the twisted one).

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