Ardha Uttanasana (are-dah oot-tan-AHS-anna)
Ardha = Half
Uttana = Intense Stretch
Benefits: This pose stretches the front torso while strengthening the back and improving posture. It also stimulates the belly.
Contradictions: If you have a neck injury, do not gaze forward.
Know Your Asana: This pose is challenging for beginners to master, due to proprioceptive awareness difficulties. In numerous styles of yoga, a person practices this pose upon arriving at the top of his mat.