Integrated Forward Bend

Flexible for life.

Like a turtle and many other animals shrink themselves inwards in order to protect from the possible threat, we human represents the same patterns of protection by folding ourself into flexion, we always protect our fronts for many reasons and one of them is to protect our internal organs. Unknowingly, forward bends in Yoga counteract compression, and their inward nature can promote introspection. In this Forward bends workshop you will cultivate the awareness that forward bends are not about how deep you can go but rather how deeply you can release. Thereby, allowing us to discover new ease in our forward bends.

Importance of forward bends for Health?

The forward bending postures of Yoga improves the primary curve in our spine, same as when the body was in the womb. This makes some space between the spinal vertebrae that improves the circulation around it and has overall beneficial effects on the body.

Yet forward bends can also be a challenge to many people, especially those with hip joint dysfunction and postural issues like increased curvatures of spine in kyphosis and lordosis, the common physical patterns, such as over stretched back muscles and rounded shoulders, are often exaggerated in forward bending poses.

  • Forward bends promote total exhalation of air from the lungs by compressing the chest and also help to calm down our mind.
  • The forward bend poses give an internal massage as well as they improve the circulation to the various organs like the abdomen, pancreas, liver, intestines and kidneys.
  • They also help to lengthen and strengthen the hamstrings, muscles of the inner leg, make the muscles of the back more supple and boost the strength of the legs and the knees.
  • Forward bending postures help balancing air, which is known as the Samana vayu. This has beneficial effects on digestion, body temperature, menstruation, childbirth, etc.

Key features of Integrated Forward Bend workshop


  • Purpose of forward bends in yoga and myths about Hamstrings
  • Learn how to work stiff muscles safely, promote lower-body flexibility.
  • Forward bend vs Hips and Spine flexibility.
  • Discover correct alignment with forward bend yoga poses in Standing, sitting, reclining and kneeling position.
  • Role of forward bends in solving issues of spine.
Key features of Integrated Forward Bend workshop

Total Hours : 8

Session 1. Kinesiology of Forward Bend

  • Explore 3 ways to bend forward and which one is good for spine?
  • Explore the site of forward bends in relation to Hatha Yoga postures.

Session 2. Assessments

  • Assess and understand the limiting factors in seated and standing forward bending postures.

Session 3. Preparation & Practice

  • Learn to protect your lower back and avoid over-stretching in forward bends.
  • Explore Forward bends in different position like sitting and standing.

Session 4. Progression

  • Explore spinal flexion in sitting, reclining and standing.

All session includes Practice and assessment to evaluate the degree of progress in every segment.

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All workshops are offered under Yoga Alliance registry – YACEP

As per YA Standard every three years starting from the initial date of registration with YA, all RYTs must submit a minimum of 45 hours of yoga teaching and 30 hours of yoga training, At least 10 training hours must be Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours. No more than 20 training hours may be Continuing Education Non-Contact Hours. All hours must be directly related to one of the YA Educational Categories.