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Urdhva Kukkutasana – upward rooster posture

Urdhva means upwards, kukkut means a rooster. There are several ways to come into this posture like headstand and handstand, but for the ones who have a tight lotus posture (padmasana) the best way to do the posture is from utpluthih, the steps for the same is described below.




  • Sit in lotus posture (padmasana).
  • Place your hands by the sides of your thigh and lift your body up into utpluthih.
  • Inhale and swing your knees back and place it on the upper arm, trying to bring the knees as close to the armpits as possible.
  • Stay here for as long as possible and then swigh your knee back into utpluthih.


  • Its a good stretch for the hips and the spine.
  • It helps in strengthening the wrists and arms.
  • It strengthens and tones various muscles and organs in the abdominal region.


  • Pregnancy
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Cerebral thrombosis
  • Knee and ankle injury

Look for other postures in our asana directory