Standing Back Arch – Urdhva Hastasana

Technique & Practice:

  • Begin in Mountain Pose.  Set your foundation, Stand tall Bread in, let energy flow true your body
  • Inhale, bring your arms up overhead, shoulder width apart, palms facing, fingers spread wide.
  • Exhale and gently curl your spine backwards, to create the standing back arch.
  • Tuck your tailbone under slightly and continue to maintain the strength and length created in mountain pose.
  • Imagine energy being pulled up from the ground through the arches in your feet, shooting up your entire body and out through your fingertips.
  • Take a breath and than on the next inhale slowly begin to straighten yourself back up to tall mountain.
  • Exhale and bring your hands together at your heart.

Understanding the pose:

The  Standing Back Arch – Urdhva Hastasana

(oord-vah hahs-TAHS-anna)
urdhva = raised (or upward)
hasta = hand

Is the wakening of the day, everyday unconsciously  we practice this Asana when we wake up by stretching ourself in the morning, when we wake. But we  do it with out intention and further more we don’t do it properly. This Asana is meant to activate our energy center at the rise of a new day and let that energy flow outward .

Like most asanas, the principles of movement in Urdhva Hastasana break into three parts:

  1. entering the pose
  2. being in the pose
  3. exiting the pose.

Whether you are practicing it individually or as part of a flow series, the pose should be executed with these 3 principles in mind. It is helpful to begin with the understanding of where movement in a pose comes from. There is a very basic principle in physics which you have probably heard since you were in grade school: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In yogic terms, this concept applies directly to the movement of subtle energy in the body.

If you want something to go up, connect with the energy that is going down.



Originally posted 2016-06-06 15:33:16.

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