I want to start this week’s yoga pose with a special thank you to our yoga and fitness expert, Roman! He consistently prepares his weekly yoga pose every weekend so that we can deliver it to our subscribers on Mondays. Several months ago when he took a week off, I had several emails from subscribers asking me where our weekly yoga post was for that week, so thank you Roman for sharing your expertise and passion about the healthy benefits of yoga.
Two weeks ago, Roman asked us if he could feature some partner poses and we agreed that his idea was unique and interesting to see and learn about. So enjoy today’s post and these incredible pictures of the Standing Partner Forward Pose….
Pose: Standing partner forward fold
A quick acroyoga lesson. The Person on the bottom is referred to as the “Base”and the person on the top is the “Flyer”.
For the Base:
*Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
*Stimulates the liver and kidneys
*Stretches the hamstrings, calves and hips
*Strengthens the thighs and knees
*Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
*Reduces fatigue and anxiety
*Relieves headache and insomnia
*Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, infertility, osteoporosis, and sinusitis
*For the Flyer
*Stretches and opens the chest and lungs
*Stretches the arms shoulders and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen and spine
*Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
*Increases energy and counteracts depression
*Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility and osteoporosis
1. Both the flyer and the base stand with feet hip width apart, standing back to back. The Base needs to have their bottom below the flyer’s bottom. (If your flyer is shorter then you bend your knees to find this position.)
2. Flyer you need to relax and trust your base. (For some this will be the hardest part.) Base to lift your flyer, interlock your arms with the flyer. Inhale together as you exhale, keeping your backs together during the lift and forward fold. As you forward fold, straighten out your legs.
3. If done properly there is very little effort from the base. Flyers remember to relax your legs and lower back once you leave the ground.
4. Base relax your neck during your forward fold. Both the flyer and the base need to breathe slowly. Hold this pose for 3 breaths and then interlock arm and the base will stand up slowly. Preform this exercise three times.
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About Roman Acevedo, Yoga Instructor
Roman began practicing yoga in 2000 to complement his rigorous workout and hectic work schedule. Leading to increased strength, concentration and flexibility, he found yoga far more beneficial in restoring peace in any stressful environment. Studying under Andrew Eppler and local instructors Dave Oliver, Cheryl Oliver and John Salisbury, Roman is currently working towards the 500 hour advanced Yoga Instructor training.
Read more about Roman on our team bio page.
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