Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose)

Yoga pose of the month:  Let’s study Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose) this month.  Take this month to spend time in this pose, teach it to your students, bring it into your practice, and bring on a deeper sense of reflection on it.  Here are some ideas for you to consider:

  1. Place a block between your legs to engage your inner thighs.  How does that feel?
  2. Do the pose with your back to the wall.  How close can you be to the wall and not touch it?
  3. Do the pose standing on two blocks.  What changes?
  4. Play with bending the knees and straightening them.  How does the pose differ in your body?
  5. How does Uttanasana compare to Prasarita Padottanasana for you? Physically AND energetically?

If you are a teacher, challenge yourself to teach this pose in each class this month.  Add this component:  Can you find something new to teach (and learn)?

Be sure to leave comments for me.  I want to hear what your ideas!

Plus, enjoy these quick videos with tips on deepening your pose: