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Asana Analysis Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Seated Side Bend

Published on April 4th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey

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SEATED SIDE BEND

SEATED SIDE BEND

Today I taught a group of college-aged beginners and it reminded me how refreshing it is to return to basics.

Seated Poses.

They aren’t flashy or dynamic (they’ve even been called boring) but they teach us how to be aware of subtleties in the body, how to look for sensation, and patience. In short, they teach us awareness.

Seated Side Bend is an accessible seated posture that gently opens the hips, as well as the entire side body.

I like to sequence it early in a session as part of a seated warm-up series.

ALIGNMENT

Sit in EASY POSE or Lotus (if you prefer).

Inhale and lift the right arm; Exhale and side bend to the left.

Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Seated Side BendWORK IN THE POSE

Ground your right sitting bone and knee – this is your anchor; reach your right fingertips away from your anchor.

Keep the chest parallel to the top edge of your mat; or revolve it upwards. Try to avoid collapsing in the upper body.

BENEFITS

Opens the hips and side body (waist, ribcage, intercostal muscles and obliques)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Knee problems

MODIFICATIONS

If the hips are quite tight and sitting in EASY POSE is beyond moderately uncomfortable, place a bolster under the seat and sit on the edge of the bolster.

 

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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