The name comes from the Sanskrit words ūrdhva meaning "up", mukha meaning "face", śvān meaning "dog" and āsana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat".
- Improves posture, strengthens the spine, arms, wrists
- Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
- Firms the buttocks
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica
- Therapeutic for asthma.
Common postural errors during this asana include overarching the neck and lower back. One recommendation is to keep the gaze directed down at the floor and focus on bringing movement into the area between the shoulder blades (the thoracic area, or middle back).
- Back injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
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