Standing Forward Bends: Uttanasana, Padangusthasana (Hand to Big Toe), Padahastasana (Hand to Foot / Gorilla) – Overview
- Features: Uttanasana (Intense Stretching Posture / Standing Forward Bend), Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing Forward Bend), Padangusthasana (Hand to Big Toe Pose), Padahastasana (Hand to Foot Pose / Gorilla), and related poses such as Baddha Hasta Uttanasana (Bound Hands Standing Forward Bend).
- Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
- Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.
“uttana” = intense stretching or extension
Intense Stretching Posture
Also known as: Standing Forward Bend
Half Standing Forward Bend
Also known as: Half Way Lift
Hand to Big Toe Pose
Hand to Foot Pose
Also known as: Gorilla Pose
Baddha Hasta Uttanasana
Bound Hands Intense Stretching Posture
- Uttanasana – hands on floor, block or legs
- Padangusthasana – hold big toes
- Padahastasana – hands under feet
- Ardha Uttanasana is often used as the name for a Half Way Lift and included in Surya Namaskar and other vinyasas.
- However, in some styles, Padangusthasana is the name for a Half Way Lift. In this case, the naming comes from Part I of Padangusthasana in the Iyengar tradition: toes are clasped and spine is lengthened forward into a Half Way Lift.
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