Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)

Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana) stretches your entire body in a natural style. It would be great to continue Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana) after long hours of sleep to activate body muscles. The main objective of this yoga posture is to boost up energy level. Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana) is excellent for reducing extra stress and pain. It also improves digestive system and immune system. The yoga posture is well known for the treatment of asthma. You have to be extra cautious if you are pregnant to ensure stability. In case of shoulder injury, you should avoid Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana). While performing Upward Salute, you should not overstretch your body otherwise it may result into severe pain.

Step by step guide to Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)

  • In case of Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana), you should start with mountain pose and keep your feet together slightly apart from each other. Also balance your body weight across the feet and keep your back and legs stretched as much as possible.
  • Stretch your body parts and keep your feet pointed outwards. Now drop the tops of thighs back and upwards. Rotate your thighs slightly inwards and keep your sit bones stretched.
  • Keep your back and legs straight as much as possible. Move your pelvis back to normal position and keep your hips aligned towards centre of the body. Now keep your belly button slightly inwards.
  • Now move your head slightly backwards and gaze at your thumbs. Inhale deep and smooth for proper respiratory system. When you soften your shoulders you should exhale slowly.
  • Hold the position for up to 60 seconds and release your body back to mountain pose.