How to get into Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog here we come! Get into this amazing stretch of a pose either from all fours or from standing and folding over and walking out into it. Remember to keep your fingers spread open and hands about shoulder width. Feet should be around hip width (meaning hip bones) or two fists width. If you have tight hamstrings, be sure to have a bend in your knees to relieve the back of the legs. Turning your under arms and triceps in towards one another. Inhale….exhale….inhale…exhale. Push your heels to the floor and not to worry if they don’t completely reach the mat, perhaps in time.
When to get into Downward Facing Dog
Do this invigorating pose in the morning to get energized and wake up your muscles and brain from your slumber. Remember, on your inhale, lengthen through your body and on your exhale, deepen your down dog. Try three down dogs for 8-10 breaths with a child’s pose between each expression.
How does Downward Facing Dog help you
Down dog does wonders for so much of your body physically…and mentally. It helps stretch your hamstrings, ankles, chest, shoulders, arms and even the arches of your feet! As well as can offer relief for those with lower back issues or mild pain. All at the same time, it’s strengthening your arms and legs. This pose, like many in yoga, goes beyond the physical. It helps calm as well as stimulate the brain, can help with mild depression or the blues and is extremely energizing! Go and get into it now and find out for yourself..go, go, go!
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