By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Uttana also means stretched out. Uttanasana gives powerful stretch to the body and hence is named so. It is a pose involving forward bending. Therefore, it is called as Standing Forward Bend.
Ut = powerful
Tan = to stretch
Asana = posture
Actual translation of Uttanasanam with word split gives a meaning as ‘a powerful stretching pose’.
It not only gives a stretch to your body but also heals and rejuvenates it. In this pose, as you bend forwards, your head is below the level of the heart. This act allows good blood circulation in your head. This enriches your brain cells with good nutrition and oxygenation. This is a type of Hatha Yoga practice. It is known to stretch the muscles of hips, thighs and legs and also strengthen the knee joints and thighs.
This pose is done often in Vinyasa style practice, as a part of Surya Namaskara i.e. Sun…