Well, I had to do half-sies, again, because the back is actually worse today. I’m hoping it will improve tomorrow, but…bending, squatting, etc. are no fun, so…I had to take the half-sies kind of slow today, but…it happened.
Alright, we left off on defining Uttanasana…we need to put in what the benefits are:
· Has all the benefits of Pascimottanasana (oh, great, I have to go back to that…)
· Particularly benefits the sacral area (that really hurts, today…and this position was especially sensitive…no wonder) of the spine, although it gives a stretch to the entire spinal column.
· Strengthens and stretches the hamstrings.
· Gives a gentle massage to the abdominal organs, such as the liver and spleen, and aids digestion.
· Tones the kidneys. (That’s interesting…)
· Tones the nervous system.
· Helpful in depression, to freshen the mind and enhance energy levels (well, that is good to know…).
· Generally has an energizing and refreshing effect on the mind and body.
· Increases blood supply to the head area and brain, helping to prevent wrinkles by brining fresh blood supply to the facial tissues (so…that’s what blood to the head does…one doesn’t need oil of olay…).
· Offers all the benefits of inverted postures.
· Cultivates a state of peace in the mind.
So…it said that it has all the benefits of Pascimottanasana, so those are:
· Gives a good stretch to the spine, helping to improve posture and the health of the spinal column, particularly in the sacral region.
· Loosens the hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the upper legs). FYI, I knew that…but…the quote from the book had the definition…
· Increases blood flow to the spine, nourishing the nerve networks extending out from the spine.
· Brings a fresh blood supply to the pelvic area, thus benefitting the reproductive organs.
· Influences the adrenal glands, which are located just above and slightly in front of the kidneys. This has a calming influence, as it helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
· Gives a gentle massage to the abdominal organs, helping to tone them.
· It can be helpful in alleviating constipation, as it aids digestion and elimination.
The original benefits said that it also has the same benefits of the inverted poses:
· Stretches and relaxes the spine.
· Increases the flexibility of the spine, hamstrings, calf muscles and shoulders.
· Nourishes the brain with an increased blood supply.
· Improves concentration.
· Helpful for insomnia.
· Expands the chest.
· Gives the heart and digestive system a break in the antigravity position.
· Gives the abdominal organs a gentle massage.
· Helpful for anemia.
· Strengthens the thigh and buttock muscles.
· Stretches and strengthens the abdominal muscles and tones the organs.
· Stretches the front of the hips increasing flexibility.
· Helps regulate the metabolism and keep obesity in check.
· Keeps the spine elastic.
· Nourishes the brain with a fresh blood supply.
So, essentially, Uttanasana is like the holy grail of poses because it has so many benefits.
That’s all for today…