Daily Challenge Monday Jun. 04, 2012
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.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's oldest yoga teacher is an 85-year-old Australian woman named Bette Calman.
In 6 months, I will have ran a half marathon and will be able to speak tagalog fluently!
I have been trying to do yoga everyday.( Note I said trying). It has made such a difference in my balance. I use a Nintendo Wii Balance Board and weigh in every morning (well almost every) and do some yoga. My balance has been perfect many times now and just being able to control myself enought to stand up straight and tall and balanced. Yoga has made a great improvement on me. Love it!
I've been doing this every day for the past three days... and I didn't even see this... til today.
Stretches are good :)
I've done a little yoga before and I love doing it so this was a welcome challenge!
Do this pose often in yoga class! Have a good week, everyone.
I do this before I get out of bed, before the cup of coffee. It is the only time in the day that my back will thoroughly pop, unless I am going to the Chiropractor. :)
stretched on the floor and lifted my upper body with my arms
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