Standing Half Forward Bend Pose, Ardha Uttanasana (are-dah oot-tan-AHS-anna)
ardha (half) + uttana (intense stretch) + āsana (pose)
Also known as: Upward Forward Fold, Urdhva Uttanasana, Half Standing Forward Bend, Halfway Lift
Pose Type: Standing, Stretching, Inversions
Pause and find length in the spine before making your way into a forward fold.
Standing Half Forward Bend Pose Fundamentals
This pose makes a regular appearance in Vinyasa flows, and is found in the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara) A and B.
This pose helps to integrate breath into your practice. Flow upwards on your inhale, and fold downwards on your exhale.
Make the Half Forward Bend Pose your own. The focus of this pose would be finding length in your spine, not touching the floor. For you, this may mean bringing your hands to your shins, your knees, or your thighs instead of to the ground.
Find the flat back position that serves you.
Standing Half Forward Bend Pose benefits
- Creates length in the spine
- Stretches the hips, calves and hamstrings
How To Do The standing Half Forward Bend Pose: Step-By-Step
1. From Standing Forward Bend Pose, press your fingertips or palms down into the earth beside your feet.
2. On an inhale, straighten your elbows and lengthen your torso away from your legs, finding length in the spine whilst keeping your fingers rooted down.
3. Create a gentle arch in the spine by gazing slightly forward without compressing the back of your neck.
standing half forward bend variations
The above Standing Half Forward Bend Variations are a great and equally valid alternative to the Standing Half Forward Bend Pose.
You are invited to place your hands on your shins, thighs, or even on blocks if that feels good to you.
Bend your knees if the stretch in your hamstrings feels too intense.
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