Ardha Uttanasana,Standing Half Forward Bend Yoga Pose
Standing Half Forward Bend Steps :
Standing Half Forward Bend - Precautions :
> People suffering from sciatica should keep their legs wider apart (more than hip width) while practicing this posture. The toes should be turned inwards and the heel outwards.
> People with neck injuries should not lift their neck and look forward. It is advisable for them to keep looking at the floor.
> People with back injuries should practice this pose with their knees bent or with their hands on the wall for support.
Beginner’s Tip for Standing Half Forward Bend :
> If you find it difficult to touch the floor without bending the knees, use a yoga block for support on either side of your feet.
> To maintain the spine straight, use a wall for support or place your hands on the thighs or shins instead of the ground.
Benefit to Body Parts :
Therapeutic Applications :
> Ardha Uttanasana is helpful in treating stomach pains, and toning the spleen, kidneys, and liver.
> It also helps relieve abdominal pain experienced during menstrual periods.
> It eases the symptoms of conditions like asthma, headaches, insomnia, and menopause.
> It improves digestion and helps in lowering high blood pressure.
> It also has therapeutic benefits for problems like sinusitis, osteoporosis, as well as infertility.
> It is beneficial in reducing anxiety, depression, stress, and mental fatigue.
> People who are not comfortable practicing this pose can use the following variations to simplify this posture.
> If the back or hamstrings are tight, you can bend your knees slightly.
> If you can’t touch the floor with your knees straight, place your palms on the thighs or the shins.
> You can use a wall for additional support to maintain a straight spine.
> Instead of keeping the hands stretched out forwards in this posture, you can even stretch those outwards away from the sides of the body to maintain better balance.