kundalini yoga

The actual meaning of this asana (posture) is to stretch towards the east. Nevertheless, this has absolutely nothing to do with extending in the eastern instructions. Poorvottanasana specifically refers to the circulation of pranaic subtle energies in the ‘eastern’ frontal side.

Poorva = east + uttana = optimum stretch + asana = corporal position

This pose is pronounced as poorvah-uttanah-sanah

How to Practice the Upward Slab Pose

  1. Sit up with the legs extended out directly before you, keeping the feet together and also the spine set up.
  2. Place the hands on the floor around the midsection or at shoulder level, fingertips directing away from you. Do not bend the arms.
  3. Lean back as well as support the weight of your body with your hands.
  4. Breathing in, raise the pelvis up, keeping the whole body directly.
  5. Keep your knees directly and also bring the feet level to the floor. Location the toes on the ground and the sole will certainly then often be on the ground. Let the head autumn back in the direction of the floor.
  6. Hold the present and proceed breathing.
  7. As you breathe out, return to a sitting position and also unwind.
  8. Repeat the pose with your fingers pointing in the contrary direction.

Benefits of the Upward Plank Pose

  • Strengthens the wrists, arms, shoulders, back, as well as spine.
  • Stretches the legs and hips.
  • Improves the respiratory system function.
  • Stretches the intestines and stomach organs.
  • Stimulates the thyroid gland

Contraindications of the Upward Plank Pose

Since the entire weight of the body is to be sustained mainly by the hands and also wrists, people with wrist injuries must prevent this asana. Those experiencing from any type of neck injury need to either entirely stay clear of doing this pose or utilize the assistance of a chair while practicing the pose.