What is Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana (Mountain pose with arms stretched up)
- This is a variation of the mountain pose, with the arms extended upward.
- Urdhva translates as “upward” in Sanskrit, while hasta means “hands.”
- This is recommended for people in sedentary occupations, since it exercises the arms, and the joints of the shoulders, wrists, knuckles, and fingers.
Benefits of Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana
- Helps treat depression, and boosts self-confidence
- Tones and stimulates the abdomen, pelvis, torso, and back
- Relieves arthritis
- Reduces sciatic pain
- Strengthens the knee joints
- Stretches the hamstring muscles
- Corrects flat feet
Contraindications and Cautions
- Stress-related headaches
- Eye strain
- Low blood pressure
- Osteoarthritis of the knees
- If you have high blood pressure, do not hold the pose for more than 15 seconds.
- If you have a slipped disc, keep the feet apart.
- If you have a prolapsed uterus, keep the tips of the toes together and heels apart.