Urdhva mukha svanasana is often practiced as part of a vinyasa. It is one of the most recognized yoga poses and is typically part of surya namaskara (sun salutation) series in many types of yoga. Urdhva mukha svanasana is similar to bhujangasana (cobra pose), the difference being that in the latter pose, the lower body remains pressed into the ground, while in the former, only the tops of the feet touch the floor.
Traditionally, urdhva mukha svanasana is believed to stimulate the anahata chakra, opening the body to compassion, love and gratitude. The energy from this chakra also creates a stronger connection with the world community.
As a back bend, this asana opens and expands the chest, creating a feeling of invigoration and increasing confidence, positive energy and inspiration.