Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

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 heachache and insomnia

*Should be practiced with modifications in case of back injury

From upward salute, on the exhale, fold forwards from the HIPS.  Place hands on the floor (or shins, or knees or hold your hands on your elbows and hang or wherever is comfortable).  With each inhale, lengthen the spine.  With each exhale, release more into the forward bend.

Experiemnt in the posture.  Find what feels good to you.  Try bending your knees a bit, one and then other other, to warm up the hamstrings more.  Shake your head, yes, yes, yes, no, no, no to relax the neck and loosen the spine.  Where are your hands?  On the floor, or your shins, or on blocks?  Find what feels good.

To release, place the hands on the hips, tuck the tail bone and come to standing with a long, strong spine.

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