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Season 1 - Episode 5

Fluid Forward Bend and Twists

20 min - Practice


Matt shares a gentle and fluid and approach to seated forward bends and twists, drawing our attention inward towards the breath and navel. With a flavor of Shadow Yoga meets Ashtanga, we explore variations of Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus), Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana (Three-Limbed Forward Bend), and Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes), building towards Bharadvajasana (Sage Twist). This practice targets the hips, knees, and hamstrings, promoting flexibility and a fresh circulation of blood and energy.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Loved this gentle flow and clear instructions. Thank you!
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WAY cool sequence - never thought of repeating these poses in that kind of sweet flow before. Had a big "d'uh this is a great idea" moment. Really loved this. Thank you!
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Matt your cueing is fantastic. just enough info, not too much chatter. I really enjoy your composed and centred teaching. Thank you.
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I always look forward to this sequence within my Ashtanga practice. Now I can get right to this, when time is of the essence. I hope to improve.
Matt, I'm only half way on the twists, not reaching to grasp my foot. I am using a strap. I love deep twisting but at 58 is there a chance my joints can get any where near the opening the asana is asking for?
Hi Virginia, Most definitely there is a chance. Consistency is key. However, I highly recommend checking out my class on Uddiyana Bandha. You may already be well acquainted with this yogic technique, but if not, it is a great for bringing more awareness, suppleness and strength to the organs and the breath. Many times in forward bends and twists it's the organs that are in the way and when they find their proper positioning in the asana, the opening will happen without over stressing the joints. Definitely stick with the strap if it's helping. Hope this helps and appreciate the feedback, Matt
I love your practice, Matt! I have been doing the Fluid Forward Bends and Circling the Hips. 20 minutes is a great amount of time for me in the mornings. Please make more videos! I would really appreciate an upper back/shoulder opener... something to remind me to keep my shoulders down throughout the day. Great job!!!

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