Yoga Sidebend Poses

Sidebending feels so VERY good for the back, and keeps the spine limber and the body tall and strong. This tutorial teaches you how to anchor the body and lengthen the spine while moving in and out of a sidebend.

Note: To fully understand Core Activation, check out the eight videos on the subject in the Yoga Anatomy Section.

Yoga Anatomy Video

Yoga Sidebend TutoriaLearning to Sidebend
This tutorial teaches you how to sidebend properly - how to create stability so the body feels anchored down while moving into the side bend, and how to get a great stretch without risking injury.

 

Beginner Yoga Pose Videos

revolved head to knee pose - adapted
Revolved Head to Knee Pose - Adapted

Revolved Head to Knee Pose is a deep stretch for the hamstring and a particularly effective stretch for the lower back, and a muscle called the quadratus lumborum. The is a slightly less difficult version of the pose.

 

Intermediate Yoga Pose Videos

Triangle Pose (Extended) - Utthita Trikonasana
Triangle Pose (Extended) -
Utthita Trikonasana
The Triangle Pose both stretches and strengthens the legs, while also stretching the torso and shoulders. It is important to keep the back of the front leg active to avoid knee hyperextension.

 

Extended Angle Pose - Utthita Parsvakonasana
Extended Angle Pose - Utthita Parsvakonasana
The Extended Angle Pose is a deep lateral stretch, lengthening the muscles along the side of the torso and straight leg while challenging the strength of the bent leg and core muscles. It is important to keep the same length in your right side as in your left.

 

Advanced Yoga Pose Videos

Half Bound Lotus Forward Bend - Ardha Baddha Padma PaschimottanasanaHalf Bound Lotus Forward Bend - Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
The Half Bound Lotus Forward Bend opens up the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, as well as stretching the spine in a forward bend and twist. The abdominal organs are toned as circulation to the pelvis is increased.

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Sidebending feels so VERY good for the back, and keeps the spine limber and the body tall and strong. This tutorial teaches you how to anchor the body and lengthen the spine while moving in and out of a sidebend.