Head-to-knee forward fold is a great way to take a few introspective moments during our day. It lengthens our back bodies (spine, hamstrings), and the asymmetry in the pose allows us to focus on the sensations in one-side of our bodies at a time.
- Calms the brain and helps relieve mild depression
- Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings, and groins
- Stimulates the liver and kidneys
- Improves digestion
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Relieves anxiety, fatigue, headache, menstrual discomfort
- Therapeutic for high blood pressure, insomnia, and sinusitis
- sit on the floor with your sitting bones firmly grounded in the earth or *elevated on a cushion if you have tighter hamstrings.
- Stretch your legs straight out in front of you.
- Bend your right knee and rest the sole of your right food against your inner left thigh.
- *If your right knee is lifted, support it with a folded blanket or cushion.
- Ground into your sitting bones and lengthen your spine.
- Turn your torso slightly left to center your chest over your left leg (*line up your navel with the middle of your left thigh).
- Reach for your foot OR *if you can’t comfortably reach the extended-leg foot with your fingers, use a strap (… or a belt, or a housecoat tie!). Loop it around the sole of the foot and hold it with your arms fully extended.
- Lift your chest and lengthen your torso.
- Press the top of your left thigh into the floor and extend through the left heel.
- Extend forward from your groin, aiming your chest for your thighs and avoid hunching or rounding your back.
- Repeat other side.