Also Known as More Than a Toe Touch Pose. Ut is a particle indicating deliberation, intensity. The verb tan means to stretch, spread, lengthen out. In this asana, the spine is given a perpend and an intense stretch. Uttanasana 8 details provided to you by YogaIQ.
1. Stand in Tadasana (Step 1), keeping the knees tight.
2. Breath out, bend forward and place the fingers on the floor. Then put the palms on the floor by the side of the feet, behind the heels. Do not curve the legs at the knees. (Step 2)
3. Try to stay with the head up and extend the spine. Move the hips a little forward towards the head so as to bring the legs straight to the floor.
4. Stay in this posture and take two deep breaths.
5. Breath out, move the trunk nearer to the legs and rest the head on the knees. (step 3)
6. Do not slacken the hold at the knees, but pull the knee-caps well up. Hold this position for a minute with deep and even breathing in and out.
7. Breath in and raise the head from the knees, but without lifting the palms from the floor. (Step 4)
8. After two breaths, take a deep breath in, lift the hands from the floor and come back to Tadasana. (Step 5)
Uttanasana 8 cures stomach pains and tones the liver, the spleen and the kidneys. It also relieves stomach pain during menstrual periods. The heart beats feels slowed down and the spinal nerves revitalized. Uttanasana 8 is good for depression felt in the mind is removed if one holds the pose for two minutes or more. The pose is helpful to people who get excited quickly, as it soothes the brain cells. After finishing the asana, one feels calm and cool, the eyes start to glow and the mind feels at peace.