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The one thing I always find missing in these guidance articles is the approach in which one r-e-l-a-x-e-s into the pose, only going to the edge and then backing off rather than pushing past the edge. Pushing it leads to injury and is not a sustainable practice approach. Personally, I believe yoga instructors spend way too little time in a deep stretch posture because the instruction is usually goal oriented rather than exploratory. Try doing forward bend slowly, starting with your torso at 90 degrees to your legs and ever ever slowly working through each and ever small edge you detect. Self study-svadhyaya, si?

Afsaneh saghari

Very nice ,useful article

Crystal Prism

What a wonderful description of paschimottanasana.

It gives such a great understanding of how to work towards achieving the effects of the pose, and that there is not a specific look.

This leaves me with a great taste of spinal flexion in seated forward bend. How to consciously create a healthy spinal flexion and why it is just as important as extending the spine, is what you will learn in this article!


hi. i have some difficulties and pain with my backbone is not straight. my pain has reduced with yoga practices but i wan to know whether such asana is the best choice for me. what do you recommend? how can i ease that's aftermaths


Very good article! very usefull for students and teachers too :-)



It is very useful to talk about yoga and anatomy

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