Updated: Jun 6, 2019
I’ve taught over 9000 hours (maybe just a few classes now) and I seem to cringe in sheer yogic horror at the fact that many students in the class have challenges with Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Savasana).
Teaching the fundamentals is integral for me to see students develop on their yoga journey with a better understanding of their physical body so they can focus on their entire practice safely and effectively.
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Savasana) posture is a great energetic heart opener that also provides a release in the hips while strengthening the core, arms and legs. Maintaining stability in this “asana” provides the student with improved engagement of many muscles in the entire body which ultimately supports and lengthens the spine.
This posture is a progression from Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) where the hips remain on the floor with bent elbows, Upward Facing Dog promotes straight arms with the thighs lifted off the floor.