The Uttanasana is also referred to as the Standing Forward Bend. Compared to more traditional yoga poses, the Uttanasana is considered a modern pose, first being referenced in the Sritattvanidhi during the 19th century.

However, the pose was much different to the one seen today, with the modern pose being referenced in the “Yoga Makaranda” in 1934

Those carrying out the Uttanasana will enter the pose from the Tadasana and then bending forward until the palms are placed on the floor, ideally behind the heels.

As well as ensuring that the right parts of the body are being toned, it also allows the person carrying out the pose to feel safer, as the more sensitive parts of the body are protected.

There are three variations of the Uttanasana. The Ardha Uttanasana is the halfway point of the pose and will see the palms of the hands resting on the calves.

Niralamba is when the hands are touching the waistband, where Padahastasana is where the hands are placed under the feet and with palms facing up.