Week 1 – Meeting the Posture
Standing Forward Fold or Uttanasana
As we continue our yoga journey together this month we will focus on standing forward fold…. This is one of my favorite poses and stretches, I do it often to help relieve tension in my back. And as a foundational pose that is often overlooked during our practice I thought it was the perfect pose to take a deep dive into as we start the new year. This is one of those poses that some days feels better and comes more easily than others so having lots of options to make it accessible like we looked at during our practice this week make it possible to find your way there everyday!
Take a day 1 photo so you can get a good look at where your body really is in this pose, we need that birds eye view to really see where we are in space and where we need to work on things to improve our alignment in the posture, my day one photo is above…. Commit to practicing this pose in some variation each day for the entire month, grab another photo maybe in the middle and again at the end to compare, you can share your photos or not, entirely up to you! You can also keep a journal with your practice and take a moment after each time you hit the mat to jot down what comes up, was today little easier, or maybe a little more challenging, did you not want to spend time today but you did it anyway, could be as simple as just a few words.
My goal here is less about getting better at the pose and more about the journey of the pose throughout the 30 days. No doubt we will improve a posture by practicing everyday, but the practice of yoga is less about the shapes we make in the body and more about what comes up during those shapes. I encourage you to take this time to connect to your body, your mind and your practice in a deeper or at least different way. I am looking forward to taking this journey along with you.
Check out our week one mini practice for some alignment tips and variations and different ways to approach the pose depending on how your body feels each time you show up to practice. Remember just because we can do something today doesn’t always mean its the right thing to do tomorrow, so maybe today I don’t need blocks but maybe tomorrow blocks feel great! Learning to listen to the body is just as much an advance in your practice as is deepening a pose. Don’t forget to join the Facebook Group if you want to catch these classes live!