Downward Facing Dog

The elusive and often visited posture of Downward Facing Dog.

Sanskrit Name: Adho Mukha Svanasana

This pose is visited in almost all movement oriented yoga practices.  It is an inversion (heart above head) so it is energizing and calming at the same time - isn’t yoga awesome! Here are a few tips to help your next Down Dog feel balanced and relaxed.

  1. Widen your Shoulders: Get your head out of the turtle Shell!  Feel your shoulders reach towards opposite walls. From there you will experience a sweet release of the spine and a little more length.
  2. Soften those “bows”: Slightly bend your elbows to ensure there isn’t any hyperextension or locking in the joint.
  3. Ground down through those hands:  Press the palms into your mat, all 10 knuckles! Even claw the finger pads - why?  This engagement helps to distribute the weight of your body instead of letting it all dump into your wrists.  Ouch!
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Posture Benefits:

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
  • Energizes the body.
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands.
  • Strengthens the arms and legs.

Want to learn more?  Check out Shri Studios weekly yoga classes in our beautiful LCC studio.  All classes are free with admission or membership to the Longmont Climbing Collective - what a great deal!