Uttanasana — also known as Standing Forward Bend pose — allows the muscles in the back of the neck to soften, providing relief for head tension. Cohen notes that this pose "physically triggers the body to release places it is unconsciously holding and can open up the opportunity for whatever engagement is triggering the tension to subside." When executing, transition slowly to avoid dizziness — lightheadedness could counteract the benefits of this move.
- Standing up straight, reach arms forward and down as you fold torso over legs.
- Maintain a gentle bend in the knees and allow hands to find feet, shins, heels, or rest on the ground.
- Relax head completely, slightly tucking chin toward chest, and let your back and neck muscles release.