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Downward Facing Dog – Yoga Pose Tutorial (Video)

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Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana, is one of the most widely recognized and practiced yoga poses. It is a foundational pose in your yoga practice, and is also one of the poses in the traditional Sun Salutation (or Surya Namaskar) series.
At first, Down Dog will feel like a challenging pose, and it should! It requires arm and leg strength, in addition to an applied understanding of how to keep the hands actively pressing into the mat. It’s also a full-body stretch, specifically targeting the shoulders, hamstrings, and calves (all of which are typically tight in most bodies). Over time and with practice, this will become a resting pose that your body welcomes as a delicious and rejuvenating stretch.

Down Dog also offers many mental and emotional benefits as well. Classified as an inversion (which is any pose where your head is below your heart), the increased blood supply to your brain helps relieve stress and create a sense of mental calm. It also helps to relieve back pain, fatigue, insomnia, and even headaches.
The list of reasons why to practice Downward Facing Dog goes on and on. In short, it’s an integral pose in yoga, and one that you can and should practice often! That being said, it’s important to understand the alignment basics so you can be sure you’re practicing properly and safely.

Watch this Down Dog tutorial video to learn more!


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