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Seated Sidebend

Seated Sidebend is a beginner pose that opens up the hips, increases spinal mobility, and stretches the obliques, lats and shoulders.
SKILL LEVEL
  • Beginner
CATEGORY
BENEFITS
  • Stretches the obliques, intercostals, serratus anterior, lats, shoulders and triceps.
  • Opens up the hips.
  • Improves posture.
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Sit cross-legged with one leg folded in front of the other and your back straight.
  • Let your hands rest by your sides.
  • Keeping your left fingertips on the mat. Inhale, sweep your right hand up. Exhale, bend to the left.
  • Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths—being careful not to twist your spine. Draw your top shoulder back.
  • Release the pose, switch the cross of your legs and repeat on the other side.
MODIFICATION
  • If you’re unable to sit cross-legged with your back straight, sit on the edge of some cushions or blocks to lift your hips up higher than your knees.
CONTRAINDICATIONS 
  • Avoid this pose if you have a foot, ankle or knee injury.
MASTER THE POSE

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