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Upward Plank Pose

Purvottanasana

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Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your hands several inches behind your hips and your fingers pointing forward. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor, big toes turned inward, heels at least a foot away from your buttocks.

Exhale, press your inner feet and hands down against the floor, and lift your hips until you come into a reverse tabletop position, torso and thighs approximately parallel to the floor, shins and arms approximately perpendicular.

Without losing the height of your hips, straighten your legs one at a time. Lift your hips still higher without hardening your buttocks. Press your shoulder blades against your back torso to support the lift of your chest.

Without compressing the back of your neck, slowly drop your head back.

Hold for 30 seconds, then sit back down in Dandasana with an exhale.


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Sarah

That is a great predatory sequence!

LJY

When to inhale is not told clearly. I think we need to inhale first instead of exhaling. ("Exhale", press your inner feet and hands down against the floor)

Bharat

There are more benefits to this as this is a pose of "embracing life" in vedic terms and helps promote optimism and energy.

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