Forward bends are known to be excellent poses for lengthening hamstring muscles, and for fostering mental calmness. In this workshop forward bends are presented as links to more subtle stages of practice. The breath is directly involved in progress within any pose, and it is received as preparation for pranayama. In forward bends there is an easier entry into understanding the role of breath in asana than in other kinds of poses, apart from resting poses (and perhaps inversions). Three months of experience is recommended to get the most from this workshop.