Fake it till you make it – or forward folding made a little easier.

Many people focus all there attention in forward folds on the backs of the thighs, the space that lacks freedom to allow you to smack your forehead to your shins like a lithe ballet dancer.  But the next time you are reviewing the distance between your noggin and your legs change it up by thinking about your breath and your belly.  As you exhale engage udyada bhanda lifting the area just under the diaphragm. It almost feels like you are trying to pull your organs into your ribcage a bit.  Can’t really feel it, fake it!  Then as you exhale watch how your fold is changing.  Bending your knees a little more than you normally would will take it out of the backs of the legs and let you feel the belly fold.