Touching our toes, nearly everyone has done this move, whether we practice yoga or not. It starts when you are a toddler and it is so easy, continues as a child to teenager together with cartwheels, the crab and forward rolls. The forward bending pose a simple pose but a powerful move that is used in most styles of yoga and exercise.
When you reach forward and bend it really gets into your lower back, opening up any tightness that you may have there, you are also lengthening all the muscles along your spine, especially useful if you have a sedentary job that requires a lot of sitting. It is great for tired or tight upper back muscles as it makes your head relax and the neck creates a gentle pull which then releases your shoulders and upper back.
If we push this pose a little further and twist our bodies we are deepening the stretch and massaging our digestive organs. When we hold this pose a little longer we will start to strengthen the thighs and knees, reduce stress, anxiety, fatigue and calm our minds.
“In an asana, the mind has to reach inside the body to find a quiet space until a point comes where perfect balance is felt”
– Geeta Iyengar