Urdhva Hastasana (Raised Hands Pose) | Yoga Fundamentals

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Hand Pose) is a wonderful way to stretch and awaken the body after resting or sitting for extended periods of time. Try this pose upon awakening and feel your energy levels rise. Urdhva Hastasana can be thought of as the foundation towards building your backbend and arm balancing asanas (poses). Urdhva Hastasana is a great pose for all practitioners to gain confidence as you dive deeper into your practice.

How to:

  1. Start in Samasthiti (Equal Standing) with your feet together, heels slightly apart. Ground all four corners of your feet into the mat, and engage your leg and abdominal muscles to find strength in your legs.

  2. On your inhale, sweep your arms overhead. Either place hands together or keep arms shoulder-distance apart with palms facing each other.