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The wonderful Downward Facing Dog.

MY TOP 10 YOGA POSES.

Today I want to showcase my favourite pose,

DOWNWARD FACING DOG.



Downward-facing dog is one of my favourite poses.


So many benefits.

The best benefits are:


Your head is lower than your heart.

When your head is lower than your heart you create an inversion of your body.

When you do this fresh oxygenated blood is pumped all around the body.


I remember when I first started practicing yoga, I was told that this pose was a beautiful resting pose.

I thought "no way", it is very strong on the shoulders and also if you have tight hamstrings. the downward-facing dog feels very strong on the legs.


After a long time of practicing yoga, it is very true.


I fell in love with downward-facing dog every time and the effects on the mind and the body are amazing.


The downward-facing dog also helps to strengthen the shoulders and this really helps us to get into stronger poses that use a lot of our shoulder strength.


There are many benefits to this gorgeous pose


  • Calming for the nervous system.

  • Increases blood flow and circulation

  • opens the backs of the legs and stretches the hamstrings

  • elongates the spine

  • strengthens and opens the chest

  • strengthens the arms

  • Strengthens the whole body, especially the arms, legs, shoulders, and feet.

  • regular practice relieves headaches, insomnia, and fatigue.

  • strengthening the muscles of the chest and increasing lung capacity.

  • helps to strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis.


Instructions.


Come onto the floor on your hands and knees.

Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands are slightly forward of your shoulders.

Spread your palms, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out, and turn your toes under.


Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor.

The option is always to keep the knees bent.

Lengthen your tailbone.

Lift the sitting bones towards the ceiling.


Stretch your heels towards the floor.

Straightening your knees but be sure not to lock them out.

Widen your upper back and push up between the shoulder blades.

You are looking to eventually be in an upside-down V.

When you have finished take your knees to the floor and rest in the childs pose.

Try and stay in this pose for up to 3 minutes. You can do any of the variations that I have shown in the photos.


Hope you fall in love with Downward facing dog.

I have.


Happy soul, a fresh mind,
and a healthy body.
All three can be achieved with yoga.




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