HOW TO: Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

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Even if you’ve never done yoga, you’ve probably done a forward bend at some point in your life. This is a great stretch and can modified for yogi’s of all levels.

Instructions:
Begin standing on your yoga mat in Mountain Pose.

Inhale your arms overhead and as you exhale bend at the hips and fold forward, lowering your torso towards your legs.

Keep a long, straight spine while pushing your sitting bones up towards the sky.

Try to bring your fingers in line with your toes.

Modifications:
Bend your knees for a more gentle stretch and to prevent over-stretching.

Instead of bringing your hands to the ground, you can bring them to a place of your choosing, either resting them on your shins or letting them hang freely.

Benefits:
Stretches the hips, hamstrings, and calves

Relieves tension in the spine, neck, and lower back

Strengthens the things and kness

Improves digestion

Reduces fatigue and anxiety

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