Upward-Facing Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

  • Coming from four-limbed staff, hands slide back so that your forearms are perpendicular with the mat
  • Spread those fingers wide (again think starfish!)
  • Point your toes and draw your legs together muscularly
  • Lengthen the sides of your body, shrug your shoulders up towards your ears as you lift your shoulders up and away from the floor to bring the shoulder blades closer to your spine
  • Press your hands down, inhale and straighten your arms, to draw your spine into a backbend
  • Roll the heads of your arm bones back to prevent shrugging
  • Press all ten toenails into the mat, engage your thigh muscles and lift your knees off the mat so that only your hands and the tops of your feet press into the floor
  • Take 3-5 breaths

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