Vintage Yoga Woman Doing Upward Facing Dog Pose Teapot
Vintage Yoga Woman Doing "Up Dog" Pose
Those Victorians were so funny! This yoga image is from a 1902 book showing a Vintage Yoga Woman Doing the Up Dog, or upward facing dog asana (pose). Delightful! This is the perfect funny yoga gift for all the lady yogis in your life! Our antique yoga lady seems perfectly happy practicing her yoga asana movements in full dress, apron hanging down, with shiny shoes and black stockings! The yoga woman is a photo from "Popular Amusements, for in doors and out of doors," a book published in 1902 for Victorian people looking for exotic and fun things to do. The yoga woman image is titled, "How to be pretty and strong - an exercise that strengthens every muscle in the body." Apparently, the book doesn't actually mentioned that it's the "up dog" pose in yoga, a classic yoga posture, but then again yoga wasn't exactly well-practiced in the U.S. in 1902, either. Not quite getting the full back bend, this is still a great idea for something a little different for your loved yoga fan. Funny yoga gifts are wonderful!
About Upward Dog Asana
The upward-facing dog in Hatha Yoga is the opposite of downward-facing dog, or down dog. Upward facing dog is part of the yoga sun salutation in vinyasa yoga flow practice. It involves bending the back deeply, legs out on the floor, and holding oneself up by the hands, knees off the floor. It's an arm-supported back bend. In Sanskrit, the word is Urdhvamukhasvanasana.