Raised Arms Pose (Sanskrit: Hasta Uttanasana)
Suggested song to practice with: “Saber Amar” by Adanowsky
Increases lung capacity
Stretches abdominal muscles
Not recommended for severe high blood pressure
Care with shoulder and neck injuries
How to do it:
Begin in Tadasana (Standing Pose). Establish your foundation and balance.
Arc the arms overhead, pressing the soles of the feet and toes into the mat.
On the next in-breath, angel-wing the arms out to the sides and overhead. Elongate the arms towards the sky and engage all the fingers so that the stretch reaches through the fingertips.
On the next inhale, gently arch the back, ensuring that the spine is long and the bend is even so as not to pinch any section of the spine or strain any back muscles.
When you have gained the stretch, length, and strength from this pose, exhale and angel-wing the arms back down to the sides, then return to Tadasana.