Standing Half Forward Bend Pose, Upward Forward Fold Pose, or Ardha Uttanasana in Sanskrit (‘Ardha’ means ‘half’, ‘Uttana’ means ‘intense stretch’, and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’) is a beginner to intermediate yoga pose. In this yoga pose, the upper body is bent forward to the extent that it remains almost parallel to the floor. This is the half position between bending completely down and standing tall. Therefore, this pose makes it easier for the practitioner to achieve the deep stretch that enhances the range of body movements.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches the front torso
Strengthens the back and improves posture
Stimulates the belly
With any neck injury, don't lift the head to look forward; otherwise same as those of Uttanasana
Photo poses in different angles
- Standing Half Forward Bend with knees bent
- Standing Half Forward Bend with blocks
- Standing Half Forward Bend with a chair
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