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An overview of…Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

One of the most recognised yoga asana, upward facing dog is a common feature in many yoga classes and often forms part of a Sun Salutation.

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This posture is predominantly a back bend that improves the mobility of our upper back while strengthening our lower back. Upward facing dog strengthens our arms, lengthens our hip flexors and abdominals and helps to create more space across our chest and ribcage. Back bends tend to elevate our mood and are invigorating and stimulating to our nervous system.

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Welcome to the May issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. Inside, we’ve got oodles of inspiration for everybody. There’s a profile on Robin Watkins-Davis, an amazing 19-year-old and one of the UK’s youngest teachers, who’s taking yoga to a whole new generation of teens and children. There’s an article too on why more teenagers are loving yoga during this high-stress age of social media, expectation and peer pressure. Separately, we’ve also got tales from students facing up to cancer with yoga, with insight from their teachers too. Plus a new retreat that’s specifically geared for younger women during active breast cancer treatment. In addition, you’ll also find some wonderful yoga tips to help get you ready for the summer months and to sharpen up your practice on the mat. So put the kettle on, make a nice cup of tea and sit back and relax for a bit with this month’s issue. It’s time for OM.