Upward-Facing Intense West Stretch or Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana is a yoga pose that combines two Sanskrit words: “Urdhva Mukha” which means “upward facing,” “Paschimottanasana” which means “intense stretch of the west” or “seated forward fold.”
Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana is a great pose for stretching the back, shoulders, and hamstrings. It can also help to stimulate the digestive system and improve posture. It is important to practice this pose with proper alignment and to listen to your body to avoid overstretching or injury.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches the back
Opens the chest and shoulders
Calms the mind
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Back or neck injury
High blood pressure
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
- One-Legged Upward Facing Intense West Stretch
- Reclining Upward Facing Intense West Stretch
- Upward Facing Seated Wide Angle Pose
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