For flexible people, Wide-Legged Forward Bend can feel like a mid-flow throwaway pose. But pack more power into this inversion meets deep hip opener by fully extending the hamstrings—without sacrificing the engagement of the front of the thigh. (Knee caps draw up!) To do that Little, our fave New Mexico yoga mensch, offered this toes-turned-in variation in August's Home Practice. Can’t you feel your low back spread wide already as you rotate those active thighs outward? We can.
Prasarita Paddottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend), Variation
Angle your feet inward; fold forward. Center yourself, then swing to your right and hold your ankle; pull to side-bend your left trunk. Hold for 2 minutes; switch sides.
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