Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Upward Facing Dog

Asana: Urdhva Mukha Svanasana/Upward Facing Dog Pose.   It is easiest to enter the pose from Chaturanga Dandasana, or you can lie on your stomach, with the palms on the floor, above the waist, fingers face forward.  On the inhale lift chest and head, moving them forward, head back. In the full pose, only top of feet and palms remain on the floor.  This is a simple pose, moving from quiet power, into beauty, with Grace. This is a pose that when we move into it intentionally, we remember to lead with the heart, remaining grounded in earth energy, as we stretch for the stars.

Health Notes: This pose keeps the spine supple, and is useful for sciatica, lumbago, or slipped discs. The lungs are expanded, helping those with breathing issues, such as asthma.  The arms and legs become stronger, and more blood is circulated in the pelvic area. This pose is the perfect compliment to its counterpart, Adho Mukha Svanasana- Down Dog.