How to Energize Your Body with Upward Facing Dog Yoga Pose

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We often focus on downward facing dog utilizing it as a foundation pose, but, it’s important to not forget the benefits of upward facing dog yoga pose too. It’s a wonderful posture with incredible benefits and is especially important if you wish to energize your body and give your spine a good stretch. Ready?  

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The benefits of upward facing dog yoga pose (Urdhva mukha svanasana)

If you want to increase strength and to prepare for more intense back bends, this is the perfect pose. It strengthens the wrists, arms and the shoulders along with the chest and the spine. When you practice this yoga pose, know that it improves your posture as well as creates suppleness in the back torso. As you practice, you also stimulate the abdominal organs and digestion. If you suffer from sciatica, this pose can help. It also firms up the thigh muscles and the buttocks too, so is great if you wish to tone these areas. As you stretch into the pose, it serves to rejuvenate your whole body. As such, if you feel a sense of fatigue or, if your mood is low, this is the perfect yoga pose to practice. Asthma sufferers can also benefit from this pose.

Do you sit down at work a lot? If you find that you lean forward over a laptop, your shoulders may become rounded and posture suffers. But, this pose opens up the chest and drops the shoulders down, helping to reduce feelings of tension and stiffness. It also energizes the mind and body, improving mood. In fact, these types of back-bends are known as extroverted postures as they help to balance out low mood or if feeling pressured by the stresses of the day.

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