Upward-Facing Dog

SKILL LEVEL
  • Intermediate
CATEGORY
BENEFITS
  • Strengthens the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, thighs and glutes.
  • Stretches the quads, hip flexors, abs, chest and shoulders.
  • Increases spinal mobility.
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Upward-Facing Dog is a fairly unique pose, since it only shows up as part of a sequence known as a viñyasa.
  • It is identical to Cobra except that you straighten your arms and lift your thighs up off the mat.
  • Draw your shoulders back, lengthen your neck and look straight ahead.
CONTRAINDICATIONS 
  • Avoid this pose if you have a foot, ankle, wrist, hip, lower back or shoulder injury.