Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana Mean?

Tadasana urdhva baddha hastasana is a variation of tadasana that has the hands or arms bound above the head. And within this pose, there are two variations: one with the arms bent and the other with the arms straight and the hands bent and folded together.

From Sanskrit, tada means “mountain,” asana means “pose,” urdhva means “upward,” baddha means “bound,” and hasta means “hand.” Tadasana urdhva baddha hastasana is also known in English as mountain pose with bound hands overhead.

Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana


Yogapedia Explains Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana

To practice tadasana urdhva baddha hastasana, stand first in mountain pose. For the bent arms variation, raise the arms above the head then bend at the elbows with each hand grasping opposite elbows. To do the variation with bound hands, start again in mountain pose, lift the arms to the chest and hands together to weave the fingers and join at the webbing. Rotate the wrists outward so the palms face away from the body then lift the arms and hands straight above the head.

This pose helps with chakra alignment, spinal and nerve energies, circulation and expansion of the lungs which increases oxygenation of the blood. The grounding through the feet in mountain pose connects the body to the earth, and the hands above the head connects it to the spiritual realm and universal energies.

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