Pose of the week: Urdhva Prasarita Padasana


Ur what??? Known at UPP, leg raises, leg lifts or L shapes.  This is one of my favorite poses for building core strength.  There are so many variations: arms overhead, arms parallel to the legs etc.  This is also a favorite with J girl and J boy who like to be lifted up in the air and pretend they’re soaring like birds. I am currently using this as part of my core strengthening regimen to build core strength for inversions and arm balances.

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How do youtake your urdhva prasarita padasana?

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About Monetta

*200hr certified yoga teacher *owns and operates Sayana Yoga in St Lucia. *2015 St Lucia Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award


  1. I’m really focusing on my fire right now – these sound great.

    1. Try it with a block, ball or pillow between your legs and strengthen and tone your hip abductor as well

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