What is the difference between doing a forward bend in the gym, and a forward bend in a yoga studio? Sounds like the beginning of a joke but unfortunately for you I’m a yoga teacher, not known for my side-splitting punchlines. Basically, wherever you do a forward bend, the physical work is the same - warming up, stretching out the hamstrings, strengthening the muscles in the legs, releasing muscles in the back, and opening the hips. The focus in a yoga class may be different which is where the mind/body work comes in – as a yoga student, my aim is ...