The Upward-Facing Dog

Alright, let’s chat about the Upward-Facing Dog – a fantastic move for your chest, lungs, abdomen, and shoulders. It’s like a power pack for your arms, wrists, and spine. People say it’s the superhero pose for improving posture and giving your hips a nice tone. Plus, bonus points: it’s known to ease asthma symptoms. But hey, heads up for those with carpal tunnel syndrome, a back issue, pregnancy, or a headache – this one might not be your jam.

Here’s the lowdown on how to do it:

  1. Starting Point: Lie down face down, legs stretched out, and tops of your feet on the ground. Get comfy.
  2. Hand Placement: Put your palms on the ground under your shoulders, fingers pointing forward.
  3. Take a Breath: Inhale and push down with your hands. Straighten those arms, lift your upper body off the ground. Tighten up those thighs, turn them a bit inward. Arms? Give them a slight outward spin.
  4. Hip Action: Tilt your hips forward and keep those muscles working. Squeeze those shoulder blades together. Breathe in – let your rib cage expand. Keep that expansion as you breathe out.
  5. Rise and Shine: Lift that torso through the top of your chest. No need to jut your ribs out. Look straight ahead.
  6. Hang Out: Chill in this superhero stance for 15 to 30 seconds. Keep breathing, steady as you go.
  7. Back to Earth: When it’s time to call it a day, breathe out and gently lower your body back to the ground.

That’s the Upward-Facing Dog for you – a chest-opening, strength-building superstar. Just remember, if you’ve got carpal tunnel issues, a tricky back, a baby on board, or a pounding headache, maybe give this pose a pass. Listen to your body, and enjoy the stretch!

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