This is an incredibly beneficial posture both therapeutically and revitalizing.
In Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), as the head is below your heart, this allows the unusual occasion for blood to rush to your head (rather than your feet), giving your cells a rejuvenating boost of oxygen. Besides this is a calming posture that lengthens the hamstrings and activates the inner legs
In order to reap the benefits and avoid the mistakes make sure you practice this asana correctly.
- Stand with your feet together. Bend your knees slightly and fold your torso over your legs, moving from the hips, not the lower back.
- Place your hands next to your feet or on the ground in front of you.
- Inhale and extend your chest to lengthen your spine. Keep your gaze directed forward.
- Exhale and gently press both legs straight. Lift the kneecaps and gently spiral your upper, inner thighs back. Keep your legs straight without hyper-extending.
- On an exhalation, extend your torso down without rounding your back. Stay long throughout your neck, extending the crown of your head toward the ground. Draw your shoulders down your back.
Avoid These Mistakes
- Do not round your upper back and roll your shoulders forward
- Do not lock your knees and round your lower back