Yoga Pose: Standing Forward Bend with Shoulder Opener (Uttānāsana)

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  • Standing Forward Bend with Shoulder Opener

  • Uttānāsana

  • uttāna = stretch out
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Standing / Forward Bend
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    From a standing position, the body is folded over at the crease of the hip with the spine long. The neck is relaxed and the crown of the head is towards the earth. The feet are rooted into the earth. The toes are actively lifted. The spine is straight. The ribcage is lifted. The chest and the thighs are connected. The sacrum lifts up toward the sky in dog tilt. The fingers are interlaced behind the body and the palms are together. The arms and elbows are straight. The shoulder blades rotate towards each other as the hands move forward (away from the lower back). The gaze is down and inward.

  • Benefits:

    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. Improves digestion. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Reduces fatigue and anxiety. Relieves headache and insomnia. Relieves headache and insomnia. Opens the shoulders.