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.
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!