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Pose With a Purpose: Forward Folds (FREE Class)

How should forward folds feel? Are you doing them right? Should your back be straight?!

There’s so many variations of forward folds and it’s easy to get caught going through the motions rather than really getting all that you can from them.

I love these poses because there’s SO MUCH going on! When done correctly, your back should feel free and amazing, your hamstrings will let go of tightness, your quads will be WORKING, and your pelvis should guide all of this.

Sound confusing? Don’t worry 😉

Let’s bust through the myths and get straight to the anatomy and correct form in yoga forward folds.

Over to you! Any big a-ha moments? How did you feel doing them after we walked through each pose?

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    December 19, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I love pose with a purpose! I always wonder if I am messing anything up, and I just really find the anatomy of it all so interesting. Thanks for these Erin! I’ve never been to a live yoga class due to social anxiety, so I really appreciate this extra help to make sure I am doing things right. 🙂

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    December 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    This series is great! Thank you, Erin. I have a stiff neck more often than not, and I hadn’t realized how forward folds could be contributing to that. I have definitely been doing them wrong. Excited to make the correction and see how it feels. Many thanks!

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    Nancy Briscoe

    December 19, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Love this practice! I haven’t been doing them totally wrong, but its wonderful to have the cues refreshed, and man, I have a groin injury right now, and the stretches were awesome!!! Thanks!

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    December 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Love this series! I do have a question though – in seated forward folds, I often get a cramp in the outsides of my hips. It’s worse in wide-legged seated forward fold but I get them no matter how narrow or wide my legs are positioned. Knees and back don’t ever bother me in those, and I think I’m getting my alignment right. Are there any exercises that would open up those areas so they don’t get all crampy (probably not a word) in forward folds?

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    Cherise Thompson

    December 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I love this series! Thanks so much for taking the time to make these. I’d love to see a breakdown of pigeon!

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    Karen B

    December 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    This is so helpful. When I do the folds with proper form though my range of motion is so small, I wonder if it’s even doing anything. Maybe I should do a different pose before I even graduate to folds? I am not overweight and generally quite fit, but have no flexibility in my hips apparently!

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    December 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    As a former dancer, I did forward and seated folds exactly as you instructed already. What surprised me the most was in the wide seated forward fold, how limited a range of motion I had. Specifically, my left inner thigh was much more tighter than my right, and although I can move pretty far in both forward and seated folds, I had to move my legs closer together so that I could keep my feet and knees facing up, and couldn’t keep my back as straight. Is this a different tip of range of motion for my hips than the other two, or is it because I need to stretch out my hamstrings more? Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks!

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