In Standing Forward Bend Pose or Uttanasana in Sanskrit (‘Ut’, means ‘intensity’ and the ‘Tan’, means ‘stretch, extend or lengthen out’) the spine is given a deliberate and intense stretch. This yoga pose consists of standing with feet together, bending the upper body at the hips and letting the head hang downwards, and taking control of the body by placing the palms on the floor beside the feet.
This intense forward stretch of the upper body including the spine brings an indirect opening of the hamstring muscles. Standing Forward Bend Pose is considered a base pose as standing forward bend pose variations can be derived from this pose. Standing Forward Bend Pose helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
Stimulates the liver and kidneys
Stretches the hamstrings, calves, and hips
Strengthens the thighs and knees
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Reduces fatigue and anxiety
Relieves headache and insomnia
Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, infertility, osteoporosis, and sinusitis
Back injury: Do this pose with bent knees, or perform Ardha Uttanasana (pronounced ARE-dah, ardha = half), with your hands on the wall, legs perpendicular to your torso, and arms parallel to the floor.
Hamstring or knee injury
High Blood Pressure
Photo poses in different angles
- Standing Forward Bend on a chair
- Standing Forward Fold Pose Variation Knees Bent
- Half Bound Lotus Standing Forward Bend Variation
- Half Standing Forward Bend with blocks
- Big Toe Pose
- Revolved Half Forward Fold Pose Against Wall
- Half Forward Bend Pose Block Under Feet
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