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The Art of Yoga - Downward Facing Dog

08-19-2016

Downward Facing Dog is a traditional posture practiced in most, if not all, yoga classes. The theory of this posture is to create an “A” shape with your body; rooting the hands and feet into the ground, while shifting your hips up and back towards the sky.

This posture is an amazing, deep stretch throughout the entire body. It works to strengthen your arms, wrists, and legs while stretching the hamstrings, calves, lower back, and ankles. While this may seems like an all-around wonderful pose, this posture can be very difficult to get into if you are not used to it.

We suggest trying this pose on a chair first. For your safety, we recommend placing a non-moving chair with the seat against a wall. Standing behind the chair, place your hands on the top of the backrest. Begin to slowly walk your feet away from the chair until you begin to feel a stretch on the backside of your body. Allow the chin to drop towards the chest. Once this begins to feel comfortable, try placing the hands on the seat of the chair instead of the backrest; this will allow you to get deeper into the posture. Hold for 10-15 seconds each and remember to breathe!

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