Feb 4, 2022
Downward dog is a yoga position that is good for allowing gravity to increase blood flow and improve your circulation. And also improves posture, as the Downward dog opens up the chest and shoulders, which can help straighten your vertebrae and align your spine, leading to overall improved posture.
Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Dog) is one of the best poses to do when feeling tired.
To feel an effect, you should hold the Downward Dog at least for one minute. For runners it is also a great exercise to do after a long run.
How to do Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Dog)
Start off on all fours and make sure your knees are slightly behind your hips. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart and spread your fingers out wide. Press your hands into the mat and gently tuck your toes under and take a deep inhale, then keeping your hands pressed into the mat exhale deeply, lifting your knees off the floor and straightening your legs as much as you can.
Try to remember to inhale and exhale deeply and you can enjoy moving within your downward dog pose. You can paddle out your feet, enjoying feeling the stretch at the back of the legs. See if you can create more space between your shoulders and relax your neck. Relax the muscles in your face. Try lifting your hips higher on an inhale, and pressing your heels into the floor as you exhale. It’s fine if your legs are bent, just enjoy the juicy stretch and the feeling of creating space in the back of the body.
After a few deep breaths, slowly release your knees down to the floor, untuck your toes and gently release your hips back down into Child’s pose.