✨Half Forward Fold✨Ardha Uttanasana✨ We flow through this move dozens of times in yoga and rarely stop to break it down. This is one of my favorite poses, because I love opening my chest and front body as I get Stretchy in my legs.
1️⃣There should be a little baby back bend happening when you are doing this pose. The upper spine bones compress and the front body opens. You can place the hands where you need to - on the floor, on the shins, knees, blocks - whatever works for you.
2️⃣Shoulders open externally and roll down the back. There's even a slight compression of the shoulders into the lats and side body. This allows for the chest to open.
3️⃣Chest and sternum lifts up and out and radiates like a ray of sun ☀️.
4️⃣Lower abs pull up and in. Ribs soften.
5️⃣Weight stays Forward over the toes. To behonest my weight could be a bit more forward now that I'm looking at this pic 🙄 this will help fire 🔥 up the use of the hamstrings
1️⃣Hunching the back like this is usually caused from inflexibility, so instead raise the level of your arms up to something higher like your knees, and even bend your knees slightly to help lengthen the spine.
2️⃣Since the back is hunched, the shoulders are rolling forward, and the back is being stretched, not the front of the body.
3️⃣Chest and sternum is not radiating like the sun ☁️ and not being stretched or energized
4️⃣Abs are pushing out and slack
5️⃣Weight is back on the heels, meaning the hamstrings are not firing.
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