Forward Folds

These postures stretch the back body, increasing suppleness in the back, creating space between the spinal vertebrae, lengthening and strengthening the muscles in the back and sides of the legs, and boosting knee strength. They improve circulation overall, and specifically, in the abdominal organs. Forward bending also facilitates exhalation of more stale air out of the lungs. By grounding the body, they can restore a sense of balance, and help to calm the mind.