7 min Pose Breakdown – Downward Facing Dog Pose

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About this video

A short tutorial showing you how to come into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose), offering modifications for achy wrists or back. This pose is a mild inversion that calms the nervous system and helps relieve stress. It is an iconic yoga pose incorporated into asana practice in the early 1930s. It is often used as a transitional pose or a resting pose.

Benefits

  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, feet, hands and wrists
  • Strengthens the arms and shoulders
  • Relieves back pain by strengthening the entire back
  • Deepens respiration
  • Calms the mind
  • Increases full body circulation

Contraindications

  • Modify if you have wrist or shoulder pain
  • This pose is not recommended for people with heart disease, high blood pressure, slipped disc, vertigo or carpel tunnel
Duration

10 minutes or under

Level

All Levels, Beginner

Focus

Foundations

Practice

Pose breakdown, Yoga