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Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute Pose) To Relieve Stress

Competition in every form is on the rise. Work, studies, games and everyting involve competition and this in fact gives rise to stress.

It may be in severe form or in traces, but whatever form it might be, it does affect one's health.

Hence, there needs to be a proper balance in our body in order to keep away the stress. There are several stress-management methods that people could take up.

Also read: Healthy Foods That Relieve Stress

Of all the options available for the management of stress, yoga is one that has proved to be extremely helpful. It not just helps to lower the stress level but also helps to cope up with the existing stress.

Urdhva Hastasana, also known as the Upward Salute Pose, is one of the best yoga asanas to relieve stress.

Also read: How to Keep Your Mind Calm And Stress Free

The word Urdhva Hastasana comes from the Sanskrit word 'Urdhva' which means upward, 'Hasta' which means hands and 'Asana' which means pose.

This is one of the simplest forms of yoga asanas which almost all of us do unknowingly as soon as we get up in the morning. It helps to give a good stretch to the entire body.

Here is the step-wise procedure to perform Urdhva Hastasana. Take a look.

Step-by-step Procedure To Perform Urdhva Hastasana:

1. To begin with stand straight as in Tadasana.

2. The arms should be placed on either sides and should be parallel to each other.

3. Slowly raise the arms directing towards the ceiling.

4. Along with the arms the palms also should be above your head facing each other.

5. The arms should be straight.

6. Look upwards.

7. The shoulder blades should be pressed firmly on the back.

8. The legs should be straightened and the kneecaps should be pulled up.

9. Hold on to the position for a while and take a deep breath.

10 Slowly come out of the position.

Other Benefits Of Urdhva Hastasana:

It helps to stretch the spine.

It helps to stretch the belly.

It helps to stretch the shoulders.

It helps to reduce fatigue and anxiety.

It helps in the treatment of congestion.

It helps in the treatment of asthma.


For those who have neck and shoulder injuries, they need to avoid Urdhva Hastasana or else practise it under the guidance of a yoga instructor.

Read more about: yoga asana stress management
Story first published: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 12:00 [IST]
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