Saturday, December 7, 2019

Standing Forward Bend

Uttanasana

Ut” is a particle indicating deliberation, intensity. The word “Tan” means “to stretch, extend, and lengthen out”. In this asana, the spine is given a deliberate and an intense stretch.

This pose is an essential element of Sun Salutations and helps to prepare the body for deeper forward bends.

When executed correctly, this pose is an intense stretch for the hamstring and back. It should be a relaxing experience rather than intense. So the more you relax in this pose, instead of pushing too hard, the deeper you stretch.

Uttanasana requires patience and practice to be performed well. It can take several years of practice to reach its deepest variation and the body is prone to injury if you overstretch too soon. As a beginner, to increase your flexibility to do the pose in proper alignment, practice with a block or your knees bent until you can straighten your legs without rounding your back. Follow all the alignment cues as per the illustration for achieving the best results in this pose.

DO:

  • emphasize on lengthening the front of your torso instead of bringing your head and hands all the way down
  • fold from the hips and not the waist

DON’T:

  • push too hard to seek an intense experience
  • Those with back injuries do not straighten your knees, keep them soft

BENEFITS: Uttanasana combines the benefits of forward folds and inversions.

  • Dropping your head below your heart calms your brain.
  • This pose helps to relieve stress, anxiety, fatigue, mild depression and insomnia.
  • It deeply stretches your hamstrings and calves
  • It opens the hips and relieves tension in the neck and shoulders

Remember, getting your head to touch your knees is not achieving enlightenment, but a definitive step to help align your body to your mind; so enjoy the journey at your pace!

Namaste!

Neelanjana Bharadwaj – Yoga Expert

MOST READ

Euro Motors Presents the Jaguar Land Rover Bahrain Young Creatives Initiative in Collaboration with Top Bahraini Universities

Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover partners with leading universities in Bahrain to organize the innovative Jaguar Land Rover Bahrain Young Creatives Initiative. As part of...

AUBH Honors Faculty & Staff as it Marks First Bahraini Women ’s Day Since Opening

Four out of eight members of AUBH’s senior management team are Bahraini women. The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) today honored its female members of...

Popular Italian Food Week held at Lulu

With the finest olive oil, the most flavorsome plum tomatoes, cheeses, sauces and a wide range of specialty pasta, Lulu Hypermarket inaugurated its lip-smacking...

Bahrain Showcases Cloud Experience in USA

Based on invitation addressed to the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), the Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali AlQaed showcased Bahrain’s experience with Cloud technology at...

Better late than never by: Dhananjay Mahadev Datar

I got my first award for business excellence in 2003. It was quite surprising and an unexpected development for me. Previously throughout my life...

Batelco Hosts Digital Transformation Workshop for Enterprise Customers

In light of the Company’s role as a key player in the Kingdom’s ICT sector, Batelco held a digital transformation workshop for enterprise customers...

New chairman for Bahrain Fintech Bay, Mr. Khalid Humaidan

Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB) has announced the appointment of Khalid Humaidan as the new chairman of the board, succeeding H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi. BFB...

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Celebrates its Silver Jubilee

A jewel in the crown of the Kingdom, the luxury 5-star Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain invites travelers and guests for a month-long celebration to commemorate its...

Gulf Air and Middle East Airlines in Codeshare Partnership

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Middle East Airlines-Air Liban, the flag carrier of Lebanon, proudly announce their codeshare...

NHRA Organised the ‘First Bahrain Health Regulatory Conference’

Under the patronage of the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health HE Lieutenant General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, and in...

Zain Bahrain hosts university students from Al Ahlia and Gulf University

Zain Bahrain, a leading telecommunications provider in the Kingdom, hosted more than 50 university students from Al Ahlia and Gulf University in Bahrain for...

Under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Huawei celebrates its 15th anniversary

Under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication...

Three Bahrain tech students to represent nation in Huawei ICT Competition regional final

Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has announced the winners of the Bahrain edition of...

A one-stop shop for eServices to make women’s lives easier

Bahraini Women’s Day is an ideal opportunity to spotlight the many online services offered by the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) to serve the...

Omani National Day Celebrations at Saar Mall

Saar Mall organized an event in cooperation with the Omani Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, for the occasion of the 49th National Day...