Downward-Facing Dog Yoga Pose
Adho Mukha Svanasana
This pose honors man ’s best friend and its natural stretching pose. Downward-Facing Dog lengthens the back of the legs and spine while strengthening the arms and legs and cleansing and nourishing the brain with blood and oxygen.
1 Come on to your hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders and with your kne under your hips. Root down through your thumb and index finger as you roll your shoulders back and away from your ears. Tuck your toes under and lifft your hips to the sky as you lengthen your legs behind you and draw your heels toward the ground.
2 Bend your knees slightly. Draw your chest toward your thighs to stretch open your shoulders and lengthen your neck. Then slowly straighten your legs again as you continue to press your hands into the ground, and release (relax) your head between your arms.
3 Keep your gaze between your feet. Take 5 deep breaths. As you exhale, push your heels closer to the ground. Release into Child’s Pose Pose.