ardha = half
uttana = intense stretch
Step by Step
Look forward, but be careful not to compress the back of your neck. Hold the arched-back position for a few breaths. Then, with an exhale, release your torso into full Uttanasana.
|Contraindications and Cautions|
|With any neck injury, don't lift the head to look forward; otherwise same as those of Uttanasana|
|If you can't easily touch the floor with your knees straight, support each hand on a yoga block set just outside each foot.|
|Stretches the front torso Strengthens the back and improves posture Stimulates the belly|