Foundation-Begin seated on the floor with the legs fully extended out in front of you.
Action- Bow forward over the legs and let the arms rest along your sides.
Boundary- Stop reaching forward when there is a comfortable tension on the hamstrings and back body.
While You are There:
Modify- If the hamstrings are tight you may bend the knees and place a rolled blanket under the knees or place a blanket under the sitting bones to give a bit of lift to the hips. If the back has any sensitivity in the joints you may choose to work with a more upright spine and firm up the belly to support the low back. You may choose to add some blocks in front of you to rest your arms or head on.
Deepen- As you settle into each exhale allow the spine to sink closer to the thighs. Keeping a straighter spine will place more tension forces on the hamstrings and hips while allowing the spine to round will stretch the spinal erector muscles all the way up to the neck.
Transition out of the Pose: Move slowly and use your hands for support as you return the spine to an upright position. I can be nice to walk the hands behind you and lean back to open the chest to add extra release.
When to Avoid (contraindications)
Yang Variation: Paschimottanasana aka Seated Forward Fold aka Intense Western Stretch
About Chris Loebsack
Chris Loebsack, 500 E.R.Y.T, fell in love with yoga in 1995 and began teaching in 2003. Chris uses the power of yoga to create a space for students that cultivates trust, playfulness and Divine connection with themselves and with community. Living by her mantra, Clarity, Integrity and Love, she draws upon her partner yoga practice to share the healing power of touch and safe intimacy.
A passion for discovering subtlety in movement has lead Chris to deepen her education with the Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers® kinesiology program. Her playful yet focused classes are filled with user friendly gems of applied anatomy leaving students with a greater understanding of how to find comfort and space in their bodies and smiles beaming across their faces. She encourages teachers to set a higher standard of excellence through knowledge and has become a valuable mentor to many upcoming yoga educators.
Chris teaches privates, classes and workshops across the globe. She is currently the director of the Boundless Yoga 200 hr and 500 hr Teacher Training programs and an Adjunct Teacher Trainer for the Om Factory® School of Yoga NYC 200hr, BambooMoves, Bhakti Barn Yoga, Just Plain Yoga, and NearMe Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Programs. She has also been featured in Fitness Magazine®, Yoga Journal: Yoga Mentor, Good an Well, Local Flair Magazine and the New York Times. In addition to yoga you are likely to find her laughing with friends and family or quietly meditating with her cats (Sukha, Fuzz-butt, and Squirrel) or traveling and teaching with her husband Brian M. Davis as Boundless Motion.
Boundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg Classes:
Alignment and Anatomy of Yoga (All Levels) Mondays 9:30 am
Zen Flow (Level 1/2) Mondays 5:30 pm
Flow (Level 2/3) Thursdays 9:30 am
Flow (Level 1) Sundays 9:30 am
Boundless Yoga Studio Mt. Pocono Class
YIN Yoga (Stretch) Tuesdays 6:00 pm
Zen Flow (Open Level) Fridays 9:30 am - Begins June 1st, 2018
Upcoming Workshops Events:
7/20-22 The Yin Approach Advanced Studies Program Only 7 spaces remaining as of 6/17
11/3-5 Chair Yoga Advanced Studies Program
Fall/Winter 2018- 200 hr The Journey Begins Teacher Training Program 9 Spaces Remaining as of 6/17
Touring Schedule 2018 Contact Chris to register for any of the immersions
7/14/2018 Leighigh Valley Yoga Festival
8/22-Sept 7th Level 2 AcroYoga Teacher Training- Greece
10/5-7 Divine Play- Portland Oregon
November 10/11 and 17/18 2 Weekend Ontario AcroYoga Elemental Immersion
Boundless Yoga Staff & Students
We are continuously interested on how our reactions and responses to our personal journeys, albeit travel, adventure, new job, etc. mirror and reflect our social, emotional and spiritual ups and downs. We try every day to apply what we learn about ourselves on the yoga mat to our personal lives. Thank you for tuning in as we share some of those aspects with you.