A Standing Forward Bend is simple, yet very effective!
Standing Forward Bends are just one example of the many yoga forward bends and folds. This posture is simple compared to many yoga poses, but it certainly offers benefits. The pose like most asanas, also offers a variety of more challenging variations which can test even advanced students.
One of the primary benefits of the pose is stretching the hamstrings. It should be noted that some advise against this posture as a hamstring stretch and suggest that it's better to use a seated forward fold. As with most exercises, individual preferences will vary greatly.
Traditionally, the hands should rest flat on the floor but it's by no means required! The hands can also grab the ankles, and it's also suggested to bend the knees if your flexibility doesn't allow for straight legs. Some yogis progress to being able to pull their head through the legs for a very deep version of the pose.
Stand with your feet together in Mountain Pose, hinge at the hips and bend forward. Let your head hang freely and relax the neck. Place your hands on the ground or hold onto your ankles. Remember to bend your knees if needed! Don't round your back and shoulders.
Standing Forward Bend Pose offers a variety of benefits, some of which are listed below. Enjoy the pose!