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10 Yoga Poses for Beginners

8. Upward Facing Dog

This takes Baby Cobra to the next level, by engaging more of your body for more thorough back bend. Lying face down, move your hands to beside your chest/armpits on the mat. On the inhale, push up through your arms so you bring your torso fully off the ground. Make sure that you are engaging the muscles in your butt and pelvis, as well as your toes. On the exhale, lower your torso back down to the mat. Much like with any pose, only go as far as your body feels comfortable. This pose should not feel strenuous or uncomfortable, only engaging.

Woman doing upward facing dog