Downward Facing Dog | Adho Mukha Svanasana

posted by Nancy Nelson

This week’s pose: Downward Facing Dog

A classic and super foundational pose in the yoga practice, Downward Facing Dog (or in Sanskrit, “Adho Mukha Svanasana” – but let’s stick with Down Dog) is often situated at the beginning and end of a sequence. Though it is used as a transitional pose much of the time, this is a great posture for building strength as well as flexibility. You may notice that your down dog feels totally different at the beginning of class than it does in the middle or end. It is a wonderful, full-body pose that can help launch you into correct alignment in your handstand or find a strong connection to your center in Tadasana (or Mountain Pose). This week, spend a little extra time soaking up the goodness that your Down Dog has to offer.

Start in Table Top position
Start in Table Top position
Engage core, lift knees
Engage core, lift knees
Straighten the legs and shift the hips up toward the sky. Relax the head in between the arms.
Straighten the legs and shift the hips up toward the sky. Relax the head in between the arms.
Modification
Modification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your heels are lifted, modify by bending the knees. This will help to alleviate pressure in the wrists and back (See modification picture).

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