Yesterday we saw two different reports online addressing forward folds. One said never to do a standing forward fold again and the other addressed a study which found a link between longevity and forward folds . . . so what is one to believe?
They probably both have valuable information we can use to our benefit. The important factor to keep in mind is how your body feels as you perform any pose. It very well may be that you would be better served by accomplishing the same stretch from a position on the floor or maybe even from a chair as opposed to standing.
The key to a safe stretch is often orientation. Put your body in the best possible position providing support and gravitational assistance. That’s right, I said gravitational assistance. Gravity can work for us or against us. If your back is compromised and you perform a standing forward fold, there is a lot of pressure on your lower back. An alternative would be to lie on your back and bring in one knee at a time and then maybe both of them. Any pose can be made safe if you listen to your body throughout the effort. Don’t put it in compromising positions.
If you have questions on how you can experience safer alternatives to yoga poses or stretches, feel free to check in with any of our instructors or trainers or you can call or text 503-440-3554 or post your question on Facebook.
Peggy Stevens is the founder, owner and operator of RiversZen Fitness Studios in Oregon and Washington. She is also the creator of StretchPro. You can join Peggy live at RiversZen.com or follow her online at MyRiversZen.com
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