Standing Forward Bend Pose, Uttanasana, (OOT-tahn-AHS-ah-nah)
uttana (intense stretch) + āsana (pose)
Also known as: Standing Forward Fold Pose, Standing Head To Knees Pose, Intense Forward-Bending Pose
Calm your mind and feel a release down the backs of your legs in Standing Forward Bend.
standing forward bend Pose Fundamentals
In Standing Forward Bend, turn your focus away from trying to touch your toes, or flatten your palms on the earth.
Instead, turn your focus to the feeling. Feel a comfortable, intense stretch down the full length of your back and deep in your hamstrings.
Don’t force it.
Find the Standing Forward Fold in Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) A and B.
standing forward bend Pose benefits
- Stretches the hamstring, calves, hips, and back muscles.
- Calms and quietens the mind.
How To Do The standing forward bend Pose: Step-By-Step
1. Begin at the front of the mat in Mountain Pose with your hands at your hips.2. Gently bend your knees and on an exhale, hinge your hips to fold your torso down and over your thighs.
3. Drift your hands down. You may find them resting on the earth, or hanging loosely near the ground.
4. Inhale and lengthen your spine. Exhale, straighten your legs and lift your kneecaps.
5. Lengthen your neck and extend the crown of your head down towards your mat.
Variations: standing Forward Bend Pose
If the stretch in your hamstrings feels too intense, simply bend your knees. Feel free to peddle your legs here, warming up your hamstrings for a deeper stretch.
Alternatively, clasp each elbow with the opposite hand and hang here, releasing your neck. You can gently sway from side to side in this pose to give you a wonderful and comfortable stretch down your entire back body.
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