Forward Fold Variations
Forward Fold with a Shoulder Opener-Forward Bend-Uttanasana
Benefits: Stretches the entire back body. The Jevin creates more space to stretch the shoulders. Calms the brain. Strengthen the front of the legs.
Whether seated or standing, play with all of these variations. Using 1 or 2 jevins to assist the stretch, or open the shoulders. Use the Jevins to lengthen the spine or find more space in the shoulders nor even find balance on the hips when you lean back from your seated forward fold.. Explore the variations.While standing, place the Jevin in the hands , palms facing out, externally opening the arms.
Seated Forward Bend-Seated Forward Fold-Paschimottanasana 2
Benefits: Calms the brain, relieves stress and depression. Stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstrings. Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries and uterus. Improves digestion. relieves symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Soothes headache, anxiety and fatigue. Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia and sinusitis. In lifted, improves balance and strengthens core and legs and shoulders.
Seated, balancing or supine(on your back) the jevin will offer you added extension so you may work on stretching in proper alignment.
Pressing the balls of the flexed feet into the jevins, bringing awareness to keeping your legs fully engaged. Feel the rebounding energy through the legs. Bring focus to keeping the shoulder blades pinned down the back. The chest and heart lifting and your naval drawing inward. Breathe and soften. Elbows can be straight; they will bend as you become more flexible, working towards proper alignment with no jevins at all.