Urdhva Mukha Swanasana/Upward Facing Dog
- In Urdhvamukha swanasana or upward facing dog pose, the weight of the body rests on the hands and tops of the feet.
- The knees are off the mat.
- The chest is lifted, open and expansive
- The shoulders are stacked over the wrists
- This is a weight bearing, reasonably intense strength pose for the arms and legs if held for a while.
- As a yoga pose, in bhujangasana, the weight of the body is resting on the legs, pelvis and hands.
- In bhujangasana only the chest is lifted. This is done with the back muscles as opposed to the arms and legs in up dog
- The pelvis and pubis remain on the mat