This "Yoga Minute" Video: Seated Forward Bend with Prop. Uses a prop (knees, block or floor). With open knees and knees over heels and the feet at a natural comfortable angle. Pivot from the hips with a neutral spine (not rounding the back). Keep the neck as an extension of your spine, the head does not drop. Hands can be placed on your knees, block or floor depending on your flexibility. "Seated Forward Bend with Prop" pose is good pose for the back, spine, shoulders, pelvis, respiratory system, digestive system and nervous system.
These videos are designed for inactive beginners, seniors, baby Boomers and people with most any illness or injury. The majority of these poses are in a chair and most can be done from a wheelchair. I’ll also be posting these videos on my You Tube Channel “Yoga Chuck” and Facebook page "Yoga Chuck”.
All poses should be a No Pain No Pain practice and avoid having discomfort. How long to hold the pose: If pain is above a 5 on a scale of 0-10, then only hold the pose 10-15 seconds, you can repeat this multiple times. If your pain level is 5 or lower you can hold the pose 30 seconds to 1 minutes. Listen to your body and make adjustments as needed. Explanation: If you’re pain level is above a 5 then the muscles are actually tightening to protect themselves, so you will no longer be stretching them. This is why you should come in and out of the pose multiple times in order to get a stretch with pain level above a 5.
Happy & Healthy,