8:52 AM Gooood morning! The day is coming closer, santa will be here soon and this Christmas calendar will end when Christmas arrives. I hate the feeling when you get used to something and then all of a sudden it will be gone! For January, I am planning a new challenge for you, but I am also thinking about those yoga poses here. Maybe I should include them in my daily workouts...I still have to figure that out! I hope there are some people out there who might feel the same way and it would be nice if I could inspire one or two people out there - so please share your stories!

Today we get to know the UPWARD HAND

It is also called Urdhva Hastasana and it's good for stretching the shoulders and armpits.

1. Stand in tall. Turn your arms outward so your palms face away from your torso and thumbs point backward. With an inhale, sweep your arms out to the sides and up toward the ceiling.
2. If you’re tighter in the shoulders, stop when your arms are approximately parallel to each other. But if possible without hunching your shoulders forward, press your palms firmly together by, touching the bases of your palms first, then the palms themselves, and finally the fingers.
3. Extend your elbows fully and reach up through your pinkies so your thumbs turn slightly down toward the crown of your head. Making sure not to compress the back of your neck, tip your head back slightly and gaze at your thumbs.
4. Don’t let your lower front ribs protrude forward. Bring your front ribs down (toward your pelvis) and in (toward your spine), and lengthen your tail bone toward the floor. Then lift your rib cage evenly away from your pelvis to stretch the circumference of your belly. Hold for a few breaths.
5. Exhale and, as you sweep your arms out to the sides, tip your torso forward from the hip joints to fold into Standing Forward Bend. 

Let's do this. 
Take your time and enjoy it!

If you happen to try out the poses here, make sure to mention #24stretchesforsanta. Holla at me if you like to discuss or ask anything - I'm always there for feedback or support, lovebirds ~