Improve your upper body strength with the Shoulder Stand yoga pose.

Shoulder stand - Yoga pose for upper body strength - PHOTO - Women's Health & Fitness

 

How to

Pull the knees into the chest, placing the hands down beside your body. Lift the hips up high, resting on the backs of your shoulders with the knees in towards your head.

Place the heels of the palms at the small of your back with the fingertips pointing up towards the ceiling. Lift the legs up high into the air into Shoulder Stand.

Move the chin away from your chest, pull in through the belly and tuck the pelvis under. You want the ankles to be stacked above the knees, knees above the hips and hips above shoulders in one straight line.

Close the eyes and breathe.

Exhale to release the knees back to the chest and slowly roll down the spine. Keep the knees in and slowly rock side to side.

BENEFIT: Improves digestion, strengthens your upper body.

Words and series by Sammy Veall