Since it’s the last Friday of the month, it’s time for another pose breakdown class on TriYoga with Katie and this week we’ll be breaking down one of the most well-known poses in yoga – Downward Facing Dog. Also known as Adho Mukha Svanasana. This pose is so popular even my dog does it multiple times a day…get it? Anyway, in this Downward Facing Dog pose breakdown, we’re going to dig into the pose on a deeper level and work on correcting a lot of things I see go a little haywire in both the classes that I teach and the ones I take. Hey, I’m a yoga instructor, I can’t help but notice these things!
One of the things that I love about Downward Facing Dog is that it can be a pose of rest, but there’s still work that’s happening here. Downward Facing Dog is strengthening the arms and legs, while stretching out the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands. It’s great for energizing the body, while also calming the brain. It can be known to help relieve headaches, insomnia, back pain, stress, and fatigue, and this really only skims the surface. This pose is powerful, but in order to ensure we’re actually able to receive these benefits to the fullest, the question remains, are we doing it correctly?
I’ve attended several classes at a few different studios in my areas lately and I’m baffled every time I hear an instructor say “Downward Facing Dog” and leave it at that. Sure, many of us know how to get there, we know what the pose generally looks like, and if not, we can look around the room and see what everyone else is doing. But there are adjustments that can be made, ways to ease into the pose, and ways to take it deeper, but if we don’t have the general base of the pose set up, how are we supposed to get there? That’s where I come in today.
Looking for more pose breakdowns? Check out my Chaturanga Pose Breakdown from last month!
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