Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
Standing half forward bend begins with a deep inhale, bringing your arms to the sky, followed by a long releasing exhale while folding your torso at the waist. Your hands will be hanging(or touching) the ground, inhale your torso away from your thighs, creating as much space between your pubic bone and navel as possible. You may rest your fingertips on the earth or bring them to your shins. Look forward while holding this position as long as feels comfortable, breathing deeply and steadily.
With continued practice you will feel your back strengthen and your posture improve.
The most fundamental part of any yoga pose/sequence is your breath. Try inhaling for 3 seconds and exhaling for 5, always making the exhales longer than your inhales. Breathing is the most IMPORTANT part of yoga, the poses(asanas)/sequences are just a bonus.
:: Your breath is what keeps you alive. ::
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