Urdhva mukha paschimottanasana is a more challenging variation ofpaschimottanasana (seated forward bend), which is part of the Ashtanga primary series and one of the basic postures of Hatha yoga.
Traditionally, urdhva mukha paschimottanasana is believed to open thesvadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with intimacy, enjoyment and creation. A healthy svadisthana chakra also ensures self-acceptance and comfort in relationships.
In addition to its physical benefits, the pose calms the mind, reduces stress and is thought to be therapeutic for mild depression. As it lengthens the spine, this asana frees the yogi from the past, so negative experiences or encumbrances no longer have a hold on him/her.