Move Of The Week: Uttanasana (a.k.a. Forward Fold)

Move Of The Week: Uttanasana (a.k.a. Forward Fold)

Welcome to our first Move of the Week! This week, we’re sharing all there is to love about Uttanasana (a.k.a. Forward Fold). Visiting this pose just a few minutes each day can make a huge difference in how you feel.

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Benefits:

~ reduces stress

~ calms the brain

~ energizes the body and the mind

~ relieves anxiety

~ can help with headaches

~ stretches hamstrings, calves, and hips

~ releases tension in the neck, shoulders, and back

How To:

~ stand with feet hip distance, parallel

~ soften knees slightly

~ inhale, standing tall

~ exhale, hinging from the hips (not from the waist) into your fold

~ if the hands meet the mat, turn palms toward the ceiling; if not, link the forearms above the head

~ press the heels into the floor and extend the tailbone toward the top of the back wall

~ release the head fully

~ continue to inhale and exhale, lengthening the head and torso downward as the tailbone lengthens upward

~ hold 8-10 breaths

~ slowly return to standing

For more details and information on how to modify or enhance the pose, visit: http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/standing-forward-bend/!

~ Alexi