Day 6: Standing forward fold
Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).
Exhale as you bend forward at the hips, lengthening the front of your torso.
Bend your elbows and hold on to each elbow with the opposite hand. Let the crown of your head hang down. Press your heels into the floor as you lift your sit bones toward the ceiling. Do not lock your knees.
If you can keep the front of your torso long and your knees straight, place your palms or fingertips on the floor beside your feet. Bring your fingertips in line with your toes and press your palms on the mat.
Engage your quadriceps (the front thigh muscles). The more you engage your quadriceps, the more your hamstrings (the rear thigh muscles) will release.
Bring your weight to the balls of your feet. Keep your hips aligned over your ankles. Slightly lift and lengthen your torso with each inhale. Release deeper into the pose with each exhalation. Let your head hang.
Hold the pose for up to one minute. To release, slowly rise up one vertebrae at a time.
May help to relieve stress, headaches, anxiety, fatigue, mild depression, and insomnia. Stretches the hamstrings and calves and opens the hips. Can relieve tension in the neck and shoulders.
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