Seated Forward Fold Pose looks simple enough, but can provide intensity!
This seated stretch can be referred to as either a "fold" or a "bend". You may also hear the posture called Intense Dorsal Stretch or Intense West Stretch which is the Sanskrit translation for the posture. Like many yoga poses, this posture looks simple, yet can surprise you with it's difficulty.
The major benefits of Seated Forward Fold Pose include stretching the spine and hamstrings. Many also find the pose helps to release stress and calm the mind as it requires the body to relax in order to venture deeper into the posture. Other benefits may include improved digestion and sleep. The posture also stretches the shoulders and may soothe a headache.
Standing Forward Bend Pose, and Child's Pose can act as good prep poses for Seated Forward Fold.
Major Tips: Don't be fooled by the simple nature of the pose's appearance. It can take much practice and perhaps years for some to reach the deepest variations of the posture. Keep in mind that you can use a strap if it's difficult for you to reach your feet. You can also place a bolster under your knees. Never force yourself into the posture, as your fold forward try to keep your spine long.
Seated Forward Fold Pose offers a variety of benefits, some of which are listed below. Enjoy the pose!