Pose of The Month: Downward Facing Dog (July)
Probably one of the most recognised yoga poses in the world, Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is a slight inversion pose that builds strength while stretching the whole body. It's the perfect pose for this month as we embark on the journey to complete the second half of this year.
Downward Facing Dog energises and rejuvenates the whole body. It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands and spine while building strength in your shoulders and legs.
Downward Facing dog Step-by-step:
- Decompresses and elongates the spinal column
- Energizes the whole body
- Can help relieve menstrual discomfort when done with your head supported
- Improves digestion and blood circulation
- Can help relieve headaches and fatigue
- As an inversion, head below the heart, this pose helps sooth the central nervous system
Modifications to try:
- Try raising your hands unto a pair of blocks to help you bring more weight back into your legs
- For tender wrists, try this pose on your forearms
- Bend your knees to elongate your spine and make room for tighter hamstrings.