Standing Arms Up

The Sanskrit translation is "upward hand pose." This opening posture lengthens and energizes your body from your toes up to your raised fingertips–it's great for waking up and creating space.

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1

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Begin standing in mountain pose.

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Exercise Steps 2

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Take a big inhale to reach your arms out to the side and over your head.

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Exercise Steps 3

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Press your palms together and look up at your thumbs. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. If you have very tight shoulders, try this pose with your arms parallel to one another rather than taking your palms together.
  2. Lengthens back and abdominals. Improves shoulder mobility.
  3. Not recommended for those with shoulder or neck maladies.