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Raised Arms Pose (Sanskrit: Hasta Uttanasana)

Rachelle Hicks By Rachelle Hicks Published on November 19, 2015

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Suggested song to practice with: “Saber Amar” by Adanowsky

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Benefits:

  • Increases lung capacity
  • Stretches abdominal muscles
  • Improves digestion
  • Tests balance

Safety tips:

  • 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.

Breathe.

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. 

Rachelle Hicks is a writer and yoga teacher who spends her time story-crafting and exploring the brilliant relationship between the body and mind. She enjoys copious amounts of coffee, learning ... Show More

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