Breaking Down Two Common Yoga Poses

Uttanasana (Standing Foward Bend Pose) & Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose)

These 2 yoga poses stretch the hamstrings, glutes, and the entire back body.

You may notice the body is folded the same way; the only difference is that one is done standing, the other seated. Those who have a hard time with the standing version, should start the pose seated. It’s less tiring, and there’s less blood flowing to the head.

For those with tight hamstrings, elevating the seat bones in the seated posture help propel the torso forward. In both poses, bending the knees slightly dramatically shift the stretch to the glutes & the lower back region. Like most stretching poses, having calm and steady breaths bring oxygen to the muscles.

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