Daily Challenge Monday Jun. 04, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Give a good stretch to your wrists, arms, and spine with yoga's upward facing dog pose.

How to do it

Lie on your stomach and place your hands directly under your shoulders, with your fingers and palms flat against the floor. Flatten your feet (so the tops of your feet are touching the floor) and use your arms to push your upper body off the floor. Hold your arms tight against your sides and push your chest up and forward. Hold the pose for 10 seconds (or longer, if you like).

Why it matters

Upward facing dog, also known as urdhva mukha svasana, is a basic hatha yoga pose. It provides a nice stretch for the wrists and arms. You should also get a satisfying stretch through your whole spine, which can be a welcome feeling if you spend much of your day sitting.

Fun fact

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's oldest yoga teacher is an 85-year-old Australian woman named Bette Calman.


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