The Upward-Facing Dog is an excellent yoga pose that stretches and opens up muscles in your upper body. It strengthens your wrists, arms and shoulders while developing spine flexibility. It’s also a great therapeutic exercise that relieves asthma. To do this yoga pose, just follow these steps!
How to Do the Upward-Facing Dog
- Lie on your stomach with your legs extended behind you. Your feet should slightly be apart.
- Place your hands on the floor. Keep them close to the sides of your your body.
- Press your hands firmly on the floor, straighten your arms and lift your torso. Take note: Keep your leg muscles engaged with tops of your feet pressed firmly on the ground. Your knees shouldn’t touch the floor.
- Draw your shoulders back and your chest forward.
- Hold the position and take three deep breath. Take note: You can hold the position longer depending on the length of your routine.
Practice this strengthening yoga pose today!
For your safety, DO NOT practice the Upward-Facing Dog if you have the following conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Wrist injury
- Shoulder injury
- Back injury (especially the lower back)