GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Nothing stretches the chest and lifts the mood like upward facing dog posture. This pose is a backbend which strengthens the back, wrists and arms.
Give it a try…
Although there are many ways to get here, lets start lying on the belly. Position your hands at the bottom of the ribs so that the forearms are perpendicular to the floor. Spread the fingers and palms open wide and then slowly begin to straighten the arms and lift the chest upward and slightly forward. The weight of the body will be on the hands and the tops of the feet. Stay here for several breaths and then lower back to floor and press back in to child’s pose to stretch the spine.
So much good comes out of this posture, but please use caution if you have a back injury or are pregnant.
See video above for a demonstration!
Benefits of this pose include
- Improves posture
- Strengthens the spine, arms, wrists
- Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
- Firms buttocks
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Relief for depression, fatigue, and sciatica
- Therapeutic for asthma