Upward Facing Dog
URDVHA MUKHA SVANASANA
Benefits of the pose:
- Strengthens arms, shoulders & wrists
- Stretches spine, lungs & shoulders
- Tones stomach muscles
- Helps relieve mild depression and fatigue
- Opens chest
To get into this pose, begin in low cobra. Firmly press your hands into the ground as your arms lengthen. Draw shoulder blades onto the back as the collar bones begin to lift and spread. Feet are together, big toes touching, tops of the feet touching the ground. Hips, thighs and shins are off the mat. Chin can gently tilt towards the ceiling.
“Upward-Facing Dog.” Yoga Journal. Cruz Bay Publishing, n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2015.