One of the more common poses in yoga. that doesn’t mean the easiest. This pose is one of the more common poses people ask for assistance or better yet their body asks for the assistance. lol
Its easy to think you’ve got your downward dog perfect because your not even looking at your body your looking at your feet. Awareness of the full body is key in this pose or your just applying pressure to your smaller joints with no real intention.
Downward Dog is a resting, stabilizing pose. when your heart is lower then your
heart, your nerves slow down.
Its hard to think about everyday issues as well as you’ll have trouble comprehending things others may say to you. My teacher said never give detailed direction while students were in downward dog, because you’ll have to repeat yourself the second they release out of the pose. OK lets get to it!!
DOWNWARD DOG—^^^^^^ (pic above)
Getting into the posture:
- Start in your table top position, where your knees are under the hips and your shins and top of the feet press flat into the mat. Palms are placed under the shoulders, fingers spread. you are on all fours.
- Inhale and tuck your toes to grip the mat, holding your belly button to your spine and your palms pushing down into the mat.
- Exhale pushing down into the palms while pushing your hips to the sky and your heels down to the mat.
- Press down evenly in to both palm, especially into the first finger and thumb on both hands.
- You want your sit-bones pressing up to the sky and to the back of the mat. This ensures the stretch comes from the back of the legs and takes the pressure off the lower back.
- Lengthen the spine as much as you can by pressing your chest to your thighs.
- Your middle finger points to the top of the mat allowing
the arms to be properly aligned.
- Relax the neck and press the shoulders away from the ears.
- Take at least 5 breaths.
Why we like this pose!
- Relaxes the brain releasing stress and mild depression. A good one for rainy days.
- Energizes the body by helping circulation through the spine.;
- Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
- Strengthens the arms and legs
- Helps with digestion
- Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
- Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis
This pose rocks, and if at first it sucks ( which can totally happen) keep at it until you find peace.
Peace is the goal. Good luck and have fun playing!!
Photos done by the Beastly Genius