Do you want to know how to do ardha uttanasana or standing half forward bend? It’s a great way to stretch and lengthen the spine. It is also a great way to calm the mind and relax the body. This pose can be done by people of all ages and abilities. In this blog post, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do Ardha Uttanasana safely and effectively. We will also discuss the benefits of this pose and some of the contraindications.
Benefits of ardha uttanasana
- Stretching and lengthening the spine
- Calming the mind and relaxing the body
- Improving digestion
- Stimulating the liver and kidneys
- Strengthening the thighs, knees, and ankles
Contraindications for ardha uttanasana
- High blood pressure or heart conditions
- Glaucoma or other eye conditions
Now that you know the benefits and contraindications of ardha uttanasana, let’s learn how to do this pose.
How to do standing half forward bend
Stand with your feet together. Engage your quadriceps to lift your kneecaps and lengthen your tailbone to the floor.
Inhale and raise your arms overhead. Exhale and hinge forward from your hips, keeping your spine long.
Place your hands on the floor or a block outside of your feet. If you can’t reach the floor, place your hands on your shins.
Draw your front ribs in and lengthen your spine. Relax your head and neck. Hold for five to eight breaths.
To release the pose, exhale and press into your feet to straighten your legs. Inhale and reach your arms overhead. Exhale and release your arms to your sides.
Now you know how to do ardha uttanasana! This pose is a great way to stretch and lengthen the spine. It is also a great way to calm the mind and relax the body. Remember to listen to your body and only go as far as you feel comfortable.
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