Upward Facing Dog | Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

posted by Nancy Nelson

Introducing #IYPOW (Inspire Yoga Pose of the Week)! Every Sunday we will share the pose of the week via social media. You are then invited to join in with us by posting your own interpretation of the pose and a short thought or inspiration that you receive from the pose. Make sure to use hashtag #IYPOW so we can see your pictures! Each month, one person (who shared and hashtagged) will be chosen to win an exclusive IY tank or tee!

All you have to do is share your pose and personal inspiration!

Upward Facing Dog
Upward Facing Dog
Cobra Variation
Cobra Variation







This week’s pose: Upward Facing Dog (alternatives are cobra or sphinx poses)

Upward dog is a common backbend in the vinyasa practice. Though we often flow through this pose quickly, it has so much to offer. Here’s what Inspire Yoga Teacher, Erika had to say about it… “I love upward facing dog because it is usually the first heart-opener that I encounter in a yoga class. It challenges and strengthens my core and upper body while allowing the chest and front body to expand. It’s an all-in-one pose that is powerful, energizing, and refreshing throughout the entire class.”

This week, take an extra breath or a moments pause in your up dog and really feel it! Soak up all the goodness that the pose has to offer and share your experience with us!

We can’t wait to see your pictures!

Click here to see a video demonstration of the pose(s)!


Life has not been the same since finding Inspire Yoga in 2012. After the loss of a close friend, I found my mat to be a soft place to land in a difficult season of life. After attending classes consistently, I pursued the Inspire Yoga 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings and now hold my IYS500 certification as well as E-RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. I love sharing yoga with people and getting to offer a space for them to be just as they are - whether broken, joyful, happy, uncertain ...there is a space for you here at Inspire Yoga. My blog posts are a reflection of my passion for yoga and how it has impacted my life in such a healing way. I am the studio director at Inspire Yoga Denton and love doing life with such an amazing community! Outside of yoga, I am wife to Colin and mama to our sweet dog Ama. My faith makes me who I am.

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