Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
Ut = intense.
Tan = to stretch or extend.
Asana = steady pose.
This posture will improve flexibility through the lower back, hips and hamstrings. It is ideal to help transition from standing to lunging postures as in Surya Namaskar or other Vinyasa or flowing yoga sequences.
How to Perform Uttanasana
Stand tall in Tadasana – the mountain, make sure that your weight is distributed evenly through the soles of your feet. If it is comfortable join the insides of your feet or you may also keep a small space between your feet if you prefer.
Exhale and hinge forward from the hip joints. Work to lengthen your torso and spine allow your body to relax and hang.
Do not force the posture, if you experience pulling in the backs of your legs soften your knees.
Always listen to your body if you feel pain or discomfort relax the posture.