Namaste Yoga 134 Beginners Series Forward Folds with Dr Melissa West

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In the penultimate class of the beginners series we will be exploring forward folds. Seated forward folds can be particularly challenging for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners alike because of tight hips, hamstrings and low backs. Here it is important to take the time to execute proper preparatory poses as we did at the beginning of the series to prepare your body so that it is easier for your pelvis to roll over your leg bones. During this class we will spend a lot of time loosening up your hip joints and creating a lot of space in your hip socket so this happens more easily. We will open up the backs of your legs to create length in preparation for your forward folds as well. Patience is extremely important in forward folds. Progress here is usually very slow. In preparing for this class I finally realized where I got the saying, “Infinite time and no ambition,” apparently it was something Vanda Scaravali (Esther Myer's teacher) said in relation to forward folds! Eventually forward folds can be calming and restorative, but for most people it is an exercise in patience as we learn to surrender into “what is” in our bodies. Props needed 2 block a blanket. Visit www.thankyoumelissa.com to leave your testimonials. Thank you for making us Canada’s Most Popular Free One Hour Online Yoga Show!

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Melissa West is a yoga instructor who helps people to surrender to peace in their lives by connecting to the vital energy within their body through breath, cultivating optimal functional movement by harnessing the power of gravity and increase overall mobility by creating more suppleness in the spine.