Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) Variation with Blocks

Upward Dog is a great pose to improve posture, and strengthens the entire body, especially the core and buttocks. It stimulates internal organs and can help to relieve depression, fatigue, and symptoms associated with sciatica.

Modifying the pose by adding blocks lengthens the arms and allows for a better transition between Upward and Downward Facing Dog.

Upward Facing Dog with Blocks: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Begin in Downward Facing Dog with blocks. From here, inhale and move into Plank, with both hands on the blocks and wrists directly beneath the shoulders.

Step 2

Untuck the toes and simultaneously begin to drop your hips down, keeping the arms extended and strong. Press your hands into the blocks and lift your chest, creating space in the chest and lifting the thighs. Keep your lower belly toned, using your core strength here.

Step 3

Stay for 3-5 breaths and then lift back into Downward Facing Dog before lowering your knees and moving to Tabletop.


Keep the legs in line with the hips and the neck in line with the spine.

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