[Pose Of the Week] Upward Facing Dog Pose (Beginner)

Upward Facing Dog Pose is one of the foundational beginner yoga poses. Here’s how to do it…

Upward Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) is a basic yoga pose suitable for all levels.

Upward Facing Dog, or “Up-Dog” as it is commonly called, improves posture, stretches the front of the body, and builds wrist and upper body strength as well as strengthening muscles in the back, shoulder, and buttocks. This beginner yoga pose has mental benefits as well, as it is thought to improve energy, fight fatigue, and relieve depression.

Here’s how to do it:

1.) Start in plank pose.

2.) Shift forward and roll your feet over so that the tops of your feet rest on the mat.

3.) Lower your pelvis and thighs towards the mat while keeping your arms straight.

3.) Arch your back and look upwards, while keeping your arms and legs straight and your thighs and knees off the mat.

4.) Press the tops of your feet into the mat for stability.

For a quick demo, see this video at Yoga.com.


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