You might think I like forward fold best because it’s got to be the simplest yoga pose there is. And you would be right.
But as with so many things, there is beauty in that simplicity. It literally cancels out some of the complexity in my life.
See, for years my husband’s teased me about my “stress recepticle” — a wandering spot on my body that absorbs tension, getting tighter and tighter until it literally hurts. Most often, that place has been my neck. Last year it resulted in a pinched nerve. (I thought it was a shoulder problem, but it turned out the pain was actually projecting from one of my vertebrae. Weird, right?)
So of all the things I’ve tried over the years to relieve the tension in my neck, it turns out that this simple forward fold works best. Even if I don’t do it properly, even if I don’t get my breathing right — though one nice thing about a super-easy pose is that it frees you up to focus on your breathing — it still does wonders to just fold over and let gravity gently stretch my neck out a bit.