Yoga – Downward Facing Dog Pose

DogIn Yoga, this pose is often used as an exercise in between other exercises, but it is in fact an exercise in itself.

Technique of Downward Facing Dog Yoga Pose

  1. Put your body weight on  your hands and knees
  2. Keep the wrists beneath the shoulders and the knees below the hips.
  3. Curl the toes under and push back raising the hips
  4. Straighten the legs.
  5. Spread your palms, index fingers either parallel or slightly turned out

    Yoga Downward Facing Dog Pose
    Yoga Downward Facing Dog Pose
  6. As you exhale and lift your knees away from the floor, push the floor away from your hands, positioning your body like an inverted V, achieving a straight line from your hands to your shoulders to the hips. Straighten arms and straight legs.
  7. As you inhale, press downward into your hands and lift outward out of the shoulders. Lift your head and torso back through the line of your body.
  8. Stay in this pose anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes

Benefits of Downward Facing Dog Yoga Pose

  • It builds up strength in the upper arms
  • It gives space and opening in the back, neck, chest, hips and shoulders.
  • It strengthen hands, wrists, low-back, hamstrings, calves
  • Reduces back pain by strengthening the entire back and shoulder belt
  • It Increases blood circulation in the body

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