Forward Bend: To Roll Up or Not to Roll Up?

April 26, 2016    BY Jonina Turzi

Have you ever been instructed to "roll up" to standing from a forward fold in a yoga class? The way many students tend to follow this cue, by rounding the shoulders and pulling up, can be problematic over time. In this five-minute tutorial, Jonina illustrates how slower, controlled undulation in the lumbar spine leads to a safer "hinge" at the waist when transitioning from forward fold to standing.

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Jonina Turzi
Jonina Turzi is a doctor of physical therapy and functional manual therapist trained in craniosacral and visceral manipulation. She obtained her primary yoga instruction through the Himalayan Institute in 2006 and with Elena Brower in 2013-14. In her work as a yoga instructor and movement educator, Jonina is passionate about integrating modern health care and traditional wisdom techniques. Her classes are playful and precise, with a focus on balancing physical and subtle movement in practical... Read more>>


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