Learn Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

If downward dog isn’t the most popular yoga pose in the yoga world then I don’t know what is. 

The very first time I did downward facing dog it felt like a very awkward position to be in. My head was dangling between my arms and my butt was stuck up in the air towards the person behind me.

It felt all kind of silly.

The second time I did downward dog I fell in love with it!

Being someone who was born with scoliosis in my upper back, I struggled in life with upright posture and a droopy right shoulder. Coming into downward dog was the spinal stretch that my body has been longing for at age 24. 

Nowadays, downward facing dog can also be thought of as a resting pose in between other poses. 

However, The downward dog pose in itself has many benefits such. Here are some of them.

  • Downward dog boosts your mood and calms your mind. 
  • It stimulates mental focus when done collaboration with the breath.
  • Wakes you up when you’re feeling sluggish.  
  • Relieves pain in the chest and back body because it stretches the side body, back, hamstrings, calves, plantar fascia, and spine.
  • Strengthens your arms and your quads as well as the front part of your feet and muscles of the shins.
  • Makes room in your body to help you digest food easier. 

In this video we will explore downward facing dog known in Sanskrit as Adho Mukha Svanasana.

I will take you slowly through the alignment and some more benefits that will inspire you to try out downward facing dog every single day.

Namaste beautiful friends!

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32 thoughts on “Learn Downward Facing Dog

  1. I perform downward dog every morning,its so energizing and great for stretching muscles. Thanks for this elaborate tutorial!

  2. I do yoga almost every day for over 4 years now and downward facing dog is still hard on me due to my back issues. you post is very useful I’ll try your tips and tricks again, may be it will help

  3. You make it look so easy, I might need to try that pose soon, I do need to stretch my back and get back into routine of exercise

  4. I like yoga but unfortunately, I can’t do a downward dog because of my spinal stenosis. It puts too much strain on my neck.

  5. I must try doing this pose because of the benefits of giving this through my body. Thank for sharing this with us.

  6. Downward dog really is an essential pose for any yoga path, thanks for providing such awesome instruction for those embarking on the yoga experience.

  7. I did yoga before and it was so liberating. In our class, there are a few oldies who would sleep after the session and even during the medication. This style of yoga is something I will learn next

  8. I love doing yoga and try to do it every day. My favorite pose is the child pose because it is relaxing and I think it is fun to do. But, downward dog isn’t bad either.

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