This yoga workout is a good way to start your yoga session. As it helps to stretch the muscles and warm up in preparation for the Sun Salutation Vinyasa and other yoga postures.
Start standing upright with your arms lengthened at your side and feet close together. Position the hands in prayer position. Keep the feet parallel and spread out the toes, keeping the body weight spread evenly across the feet.
Take a deep breath in and lift the arms up, open the chest and bend backwards slightly.
Exhale and fold the torso down from the hips, place your hands on your ankles. Keep the legs straight and hold this position for about 30 seconds, breathing normally.
Inhale, raise the gaze and straighten the back while the torso is still folded, then exhale and lower the chest closer to the legs. Hold your big toes with your thumb and first two fingers, holding for another 30 seconds.
Inhale, raise the gaze and straighten the back again, while the torso is still folded, then exhale and lower the chest even closer to the legs. Place the palms of your hand under your feet, holding for another 30 seconds.
To Come out, release the hands, inhale and lift the torso up slowly. Lift the arms up above the head, exhale and bring the arms down to your side.
The Standing Forward Bend Yoga Posture helps to stretch the legs, back and hips.
Marcia has been practising yoga for over 20 years and has specialised in the Hatha and Ashtanga schools of yoga, although has also enjoyed learning other branches such as Iyengar. As well as yoga she practices meditation, and plays a wide range of sports, including badminton, cricket, cycling, and walking.