Urdhva Hastasana – Upward Salute, Raised Hands Pose
Urdhva Hastasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Urdhva(Upward),Hasta (hand) andasana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Urdhva Hastasana is, this pose resembles the position of the Raised Hands. It is called as Upward Salute, Raised Hands Posein English.
It is one of the easiest yoga pose. Even beginners can practise this pose easily. It may seem simple. But, one has to do lot of practise to master this pose. This simple pose gives more benefits.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE – UPWARD SALUTE, RAISED HANDS POSE
- On yoga mat, Start with Tandasana(Mountain pose).
- Make sure that your hands are by your side (straight).
- Straight your legs as much as possible.
- Now slowly raise your hands over your head.
- Try to form the salutation pose by touching both hands.
- Slightly slope the head towards the back
- Chin up.
- Look upwards (stare your thumbs).
- Hold in this position for few minutes (1 to 5 minutes or as much as you can).
- Exit the pose by bring down the hands and back to mountain pose.
BENEFITS OF UPWARD SALUTE, RAISED HANDS POSE
- Helps to reduce the Asthma.
- Regulates the digestion system
- Relieves the mild back ache.
- Stretches the armpits and Shoulders
- Great pose to relieve from mild anxiety
- Improve the sense of balance.
- Helps to reduce the Stress and depression.
- Increases the confident.
- Calms the mind.
DO’S, DONT’S & TIPS FOR UPWARD SALUTE, RAISED HANDS POSE
People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder Problems
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.
Beginner’s Tip: Beginners may find difficult to straighten the arms. To make it simple, you can secure the arms with shoulder width loop (just above your elbow, around your upper arms).