- ardha = half
- uttāna = stretch out
- āsana = posture
Category:Standing / Forward Bend
From a standing position, the upper body is lifted up halfway with the feet rooted into the earth and the toes actively lifted. The spine is straight. The ribcage is lifted and connected to the thighs. The neck is a natural extension of the spine. The fingertips are next to the toes. The gaze is down and slightly forward.
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.