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Side Bend Pose

Beginner: Side bending can pose a challenge for the beginner yogi. If sitting in this position is uncomfortable, try sitting on a block or cushion to relieve pressure in the knees. Be careful of the neck as you bend to the side, maintain a neutral position, don't let it fall too far forward or backward.

Advanced: Advanced yogis can deepen their side bend by focusing on the positioning of the chest and torso in this pose. The chest and ribs should rotate up and out, never slumping downward. Are you lifting from the spine? Shoulders stay low, even as the arms extend in Shiva Mudra.