If you’re a person in a bigger body, someone who is pregnant, or just a human being who doesn’t fold up into a tiny ball very well, forward folds can be really frustrating.
If your yoga teacher is saying things like, fold forward until your hands reach the floor or fold forward until your chest rests on your thighs, and those things aren’t happening for you, you’re not alone!
In this video, we’ll explore modifications and variations on a standing forward fold (uttanasana) for folks in larger bodies. We’ll learn:
- How to use blocks to bring the floor up to you (if you have long legs and short arms, this will help)
- What to do if you’re having trouble keeping straight legs (spoiler alert: you don’t have to have straight legs to do this pose)
- My 2-step process for personalizing any pose where your belly is getting in the way
These simple tools will help you personalize your practice and make forward folds adapt to your body (not the other way around!).