How to Do Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute Pose), Step-by-Step Instructions, Contraindications and Cautions and Its Benefits?


Urdhva Hastasana literally translates to “Raised Hands Pose,” but it is also sometimes called Tadasana, the Palm Tree Pose.

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute Pose): Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Stand in Tadasana. Turn your arms outward (or laterally) so your palms face away from your torso and thumbs point backward. With an inhale, sweep your arms out to the sides and up toward the ceiling.

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Step 2

If you’re tighter in the shoulders, stop when your arms are approximately parallel to each other. But if possible without hunching your shoulders forward, press your palms firmly together by, touching the bases of your palms first, then the palms themselves, and finally the fingers.

Urdhva Hastasana(Upward Salute Pose) Contraindications and Cautions:

  • Avoid the raised arms in this pose with shoulder or neck injuries.
  • Therapeutic Applications
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Indigestion
  • Back ache
  • Beginner’s Tip

To help straighten your raised arms, secure them with a shoulder-width loop around your upper arms just above the elbows.

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute Pose) Benefits:

  • Stretches the belly
  • Improves digestion
  • Stretches the shoulders side of the trunk
  • Helps relieve mild anxiety

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