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Why Less Is More

It’s common for yoga practitioners to desire a specific position, believing that is where the magic lies.

It isn’t so. I’ve learned that the hard way. 276 more words


How to do Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend pose)

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose) is a sitting pose which helps to calm your mind and relieve stress. This pose is generally practised later in a sequence when the body gets warmed. 448 more words

Easing into a Seated Forward Fold

With a name like ‘intense stretch of the west’, how could you not love this asana? If you have super-tight hamstrings, that’s how.

We had a question come up in our recent retreat (post to follow) about how to ease into this pose if it’s currently a distant dream. 882 more words


January 2017 Liberate ThySelf Challenge Day 5: Self-Reflection in a Forward Fold


Liberate Thyself with Paschimottanasana

The intention for Liberate Thyself Day 5: I have hidden talents and gifts that I’m ready to unleash.

I look at this, and immediately I cringe. 307 more words

Longing and belonging

We started in Paścimottānāsana. A strange sensation, never an opening pose surely? Brain started to question this, frustrations threatened. How could I be expected to take this shape without any warmup or hip work… But I’m here because I trust the teacher, that he has an idea he’s exploring and offering, and who I am to set myself against that. 315 more words


Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana comes from the Sanskrit words paschima meaning “west” or “back” or “back of body”, uttana meaning “intense stretch” or “straight” or “extended”, and asana meaning “posture” or “sea”. 148 more words