Yama Yoga and the Downward Dog Blog

Yama Yoga and the Downward Dog Blog

 

Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana is a widely practiced #yoga pose. It is part of any good yoga routine. There are very few Yoga styles that do not teach this beneficial pose. I was introduced to Adho Mukha Svanasana when starting Yoga, it was one of the poses I first learned in a traditional Sun Salutation sequence. 

 

 

 

 

I have seen many people try Downward Dog and not quite perform it correctly. There are a number of resources out there that give you the low down on getting down with Downward Dog. Essentially, when you see it you may think it looks like a simple move but in reality, doing the dog requires some flexibility, strength, and stamina that could challenge the best of us. Don't let this deter you like all things yoga the practice starts, "where you are" so you can work from your particular strength and flexibility to progressively move into a 1-3 minute hold.  (https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/downward-facing-dog)

 

 

Downward Dog is one of the few yoga poses that strengthens and lengthens or stretches almost every muscle. It is great for upper body muscle toning and core muscles. This pose requires that you pull your navel toward your spine while in the pose which helps tone your core muscles. It also helps to release stressed out tight muscles in the upper body like in the shoulders and neck where most tension is kept! Poses like Downward Dog require a good sticky mat so you don't slide while in this lengthening pose. You can also use an essential block to help your anatomical structure in this pose.

 

 

 

You will feel the beneficial stretch of your quads as you push down through your heels and in that motion simultaneously strengthen the front of your legs and hips. 

The tendons in your hands, feet, and ankles get a stretch but even more importantly the hands and feet are a point of focus as they are placed on the mat with care.

Think about how much we are typing or texting and how beneficial it is to take a moment to pay attention to our hands and feet and breath into them giving them the stretch they deserve.

 

 

 

 

Downward Facing Dog brings attention to our breath as well. There are countless benefits involved in breathing like taking a pause, melting away stress improving circulation and all of that equates to a better mood!

For better health try Downward Dog and get into a routine where you can hold this pose for 1 to 3 minutes per day. You will see the benefits of this wonderful and energizing pose by itself or in conjunction with other poses.

 

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Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur

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