Awake & Evolve: Cycle 2 – Seated Wide Legged Forward Bend Practice

The second cycle of Awake & Evolve workouts focuses on using the breath, building upper body stamina, and fostering a habit of regular meditation.

Seated Wide Legged Forward Bend

Extend the legs out wide on your mat, sitting upright. Take a deep inhale to lengthen and gently begin to drape the body over the legs on the exhale. Use the breath, as you inhale extended upward, and as you exhale extend forward towards the floor. Stay in the pose for 20-25 deep breaths. Next, begin to bring your body over the right side to stretch through side waist. Simply drape the body over the right leg and feel a deep stretch. If you want to go deeper extend the top arm up above the head and gently lean over for the stretch. Stay in the pose for 10-15 deep breaths. Repeat on the opposite side, resting as needed.

On your back or supported with props for your level of comfort, begin to close the eyes and relax the breath. Progressively go through the body relaxing and releasing with each exhale. Stay here for at least 10 minutes or as long as you wish. To come out, roll off to your side coming to a seated position and taking a few breaths, noticing the difference in your internal state.

**Yogi’s Tip – When coming out of savasana if you are proceeding with your day or needing extra energy roll of to your right side which corresponds with sun energy. If you are wanting to maintain a sense of calm and doing this practice in the evening or making your way to sleep, then roll off to your left side which corresponds with moon energy and relaxation.