Standing Half Forward Bend. From Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), press your palms or fingertips into the floor (or blocks on the floor) beside your feet. With your palms (or fingertips) push down and back against the floor, and lift the top of your sternum up (away from the floor) and forward.
Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana (ARD-uh ooh-tuhn-AHS-uh-nuh) — stretches and rejuvenates the spine and legs. This pose is an essential element of Sun Salutations and helps to prepare the body for deeper yoga poses.