Half Forward Bend – Ardha Uttanasana
Ardha OOT-tan-AHS-ahna

Ardha = Half
Ut = Intense
Tan = To stretch or extend
Asana = Posture

How to do

– Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints, not from the waist
– Knees can be bent or straight
– Stop half way when shoulders are parallel to the earth
– Gaze is straight down with chin slightly tucked
– Arms come straight out from shoulders parallel to the earth

Benefits

– Stretches your hips, hamstrings, and calves.
– Strengthens your thighs, knees and lower back

Contraindications

-Recent or chronic injury to the hips, hamstrings or back