#2 – Urdhva Hastasana – Extended Mountain Pose

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ∞ The Bhagavad Gita

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Begin in mountain pose (Day #1), feet parallel to each other with weight evenly distributed between toes and heals.

Inhale and lift your arms into extended mountain, also known as upward salute….

 

Blink the eyes open.  As you inhale fully in through the nose, reach the arms out to the sides and up over the head.  Maybe press the palms together and gaze up to see them touch. Notice that your belly is still pulling in toward the spine and that your low back is lengthening, the tailbone extending down towards the floor. Continue pressing through the feet. Try to make the duration of your inhale last to the count of four and match the simple movement of lifting your arms up take just as long.

Benefits:

This asana stretches the sides of the body, spine, shoulders, armpits, and belly. It tones the thighs, improves digestion, and helps to relieve anxiety and fatigue. It also helps to create space in the chest and lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma and congestion.

A vital part of Sun Salutations and many other warm-up sequences, the pose properly aligns the spinal column. This helps to protect the spinal muscles and nerves during other movements. By creating space between the vertebrae, the pose improves posture and helps to prepare the spine for deeper stretches and twists.

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Hope you all enjoyed!

Namaste

x Paula