Also known as half lift or standing half forward fold, this pose opens up the chest and shoulders, elongates the spine, and activates the abdominal muscles. Since you are attempting to create a flat back, this pose also strengthens the back muscles, stretches and lengthens your hamstrings, and may improve your posture. It is often included in a sun salutation sequence between a Standing Forward Bend and stepping back into Plank or Chaturanga. It’s usually performed on a breath in, as a chance to lengthen through the spine while staying folded.
Sanskrit: Ardha Uttanasana
- To do a Standing Half Forward Bend Pose, begin in forward fold, bring the hands to the shins and then look out but keep the gaze to the floor.
- Maintain a straight back and hold.
- On an exhale release back to a Forward Fold.
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