Upward Salute Pose
Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute) might seem like one of easiest poses in yoga at first glance, but it requires attention and focus. Along with Tadasana (Mountain Pose), it is a foundation pose for all standing poses including Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Utkatasana (Chair Pose), and flows like Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation).
Upward Salute teaches extension from the ground up: Lengthen from your side waist while strengthening your arms and shoulders. Mindfully explore the opposing forces at play as you ground down through your feet and lift your arms above your head. Close your eyes and feel the strength of your body, knowing you are fully supported by the ground. Feel the energy move up and down your spine with each breath as you stand tall and reach for the sky. Focusing your attention to your breath can ease anxiety and stress, preparing you for your day or the rest of your asana practice.