Pose of the week: Adho mukha svanasana

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.

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If you’re struggling in down dog here are a few tips:

  1. Spread your fingers wide and press into the finger tips
  2. Pull the heels toward the mat
  3. Press the hips UP and BACK
  4. Press the chest toward the thighs
  5. 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?