When I started doing yoga my teacher would say that downward facing dog is a resting pose and I would get angry. I would think hateful things while my shoulders and arms were on fire. Then one it actually happened, my arms stopped burning and I could hang out in down dog all day.
If you’re struggling in down dog here are a few tips:
- Spread your fingers wide and press into the finger tips
- Pull the heels toward the mat
- Press the hips UP and BACK
- Press the chest toward the thighs
- Relax your shoulders
The idea is to support the bulk of your weight with your legs instead of your arms. Downward acing dog is a great stretch for runner and cylcists. It also strengthens and tones the entire body.
How do you feel about adho muka svanasana?