Urdhva Hastasana Steps, Meaning and Benefits


The name of this yoga pose comes from the Sanskrit language in which Urdhva means Upward or Up, Hast means Hand and asana means posture. In English language this pose is known as Upward Salute Yoga Pose. This yoga pose is best for stretching your whole body naturally. This yoga pose is also relive in mild anxiety.
Urdhva Hastasana Steps, Meaning and Benefits
Urdhva Hastasana Steps, Meaning and Benefits

Urdhva Hastasana Steps

  • Stand in Tadasana. Turn your arms outward (or laterally) so your palms face away from your torso and thumbs point backward. With an inhale, sweep your arms out to the sides and up toward the ceiling.
  • If you’re tighter in the shoulders, stop when your arms are approximately parallel to each other. But if possible without hunching your shoulders forward, press your palms firmly together by, touching the bases of your palms first, then the palms themselves, and finally the fingers.
  • Extend your elbows fully and reach up through your pinkies so your thumbs turn slightly down toward the crown of your head. Making sure not to compress the back of your neck, tip your head back slightly and gaze at your thumbs.
  • Don’t let your lower front ribs protrude forward. Bring your front ribs down (toward your pelvis) and in (toward your spine), and lengthen your tail bone toward the floor. Then lift your rib cage evenly away from your pelvis to stretch the circumference of your belly. Hold for a few breaths.
  • Exhale and, as you sweep your arms out to the sides, tip your torso forward from the hip joints to fold into Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend).

Urdhva Hastasana  Benefits

  • Stretches the belly
  • Improves digestion system
  • Stretches the shoulders and armpits 
  • Helps relieve mild anxiety

Consideration and Precautions

Avoid Urdhva Hastasana Yoga in case of neck and shoulder injuries.

Urdhva Hastasana Meaning

Urdhva means - Up, Upward
Hast means - Hand
Asana means- Pose, Posture

How to do Urdhva Hastasana

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