Extended Puppy Pose or Uttana Shishosana in Sanskrit, is like the perfect combination of Downward Dog and Child’s Pose and can be used as a variation of either. Uttana means intense and Shish means Puppy in Sanskrit. As the name suggests, this pose would resemble a puppy taking an intense stretch forward with its entire body. Though in this pose, the stretch is intense with the body on all fours, yet the body feels relaxed and is considered a posture to relax the muscles after an intense practice of other poses related to the shoulders and the back.
The arms, shoulders, and chest get the maximum stretch, while the spine is beautifully extended both upwards and downwards at the same time. This pose is mostly considered as a follow-up pose, to relax the muscles and hence can be done any number of times during the yoga session. Puppy Dog Pose is considered a base pose as puppy dog pose variations can be derived from this pose. Puppy Dog Pose helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Lengthens and realigns the spine
Gently stretches the upper back, arms, and shoulders
Releases tension in you upper arms, shoulders, and neck
Expands your chest and opens up hips
Good preparation for backbends
Knees and hip injures
Extremely stiff shoulders and arms
Severe lower back pain
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
- Puppy Dog Pose Hands On Wall
- Puppy Dog Pose On Elbows
- Extended Puppy Pose with a block under your elbows
- Extended Puppy Pose with a chair
- Pose Dedicated To Goddess Arani
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