Half bound lotus forward fold or ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana

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RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Erica started practicing yoga daily to bring herself flexibility, strength and balance. She enjoys doing yoga on the mat in the room, in nature and at the sea side. Erica brings yoga from the mat to everyday life and it helps her to be balanced, non judgmental and to learn new things. She likes learning and challenges, and encourages students to challenge themselves, learn new asanas, practice and enjoy every minute of yoga.
Half bound lotus forward fold or Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

Half bound lotus forward fold or Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

You start in Dandasana, sitting on the floor with your legs together and out in front of you.

Next you fold your right leg and place your right ankle on your left leg near your left knee. Gradually you draw your right foot up your left leg.  Your right heel presses into your left hip and your folded right knee rests on the floor

Hold your right foot with your left hand from below.  Hold the little toe side of your right foot with your left hand and point your elbow straight back behind you.

Now take your right arm around your back and hold onto the big toe of your right foot with your right hand.

Once you have the foot in position and you are holding on to your right foot with your right hand you tip your hip forward, take your torso forward and you take your left hand forward and hold the little toe side of your left foot.

Eventually your torso will be laying on your left thigh and you will be gazing towards the toe of your left foot.

Hold this position for several breaths.

You have now completed the pose.  In order to get here you will have overcome several areas of challenge in your body.  This pose like many yoga poses works on several areas of the body at once.

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