This pose can look deceptively easy. It isn’t just bending down. In fact, the “Utt” of Uttanasana means “intense.”
You will want to hinge at the hips until your torso rests on your thighs. From there, try lifting your tailbone to the ceiling instead of pressing your knees backward. If your knees are still bent, that’s okay. As you can see here my knees are bent, but they certainly do not feel that way when I am in the pose because my hamstrings are pretty tight. I found even myself having thoughts about how I should be able to get my legs straighter. Don’t even go there. If you are feeling a stretch, you are doing it right.
My hands are beside my feet pressing my upper body into my thighs, while tailbone is pressing up to the ceiling, and the whole time my core is engaged to give length to my torso while pressing into my legs. Do this for 15 to 30 seconds and you will feel what is so intense about it.
Tomorrow is Crow pose, and I’m pretty excited to talk about this fun arm balance, and how I didn’t think it was fun for a VERY long time. Today, challenge yourself to look at just one thing from a different perspective, and be open to the amazing things that can happen because of it.