Downward Dog… I mean dogs

Tips

(Adho Mukha Svanasana)

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Here are some tips for Downward Dog. I was practicing on holiday last Summer and had some fluffy friends join me…!

  • Think of downward dog as the inverted V.
  • Lift the sit bones towards the ceiling.
  • Keep the shoulders square and wide. A common assist in Downward Dog is to keep the shoulders away from the ears.
  • Lead the chest down towards the mat.
  • Take your gaze, or Drishti, towards your navel.
  • Straighten the knees, but do not lock them. If you are hyper-bendy it is better to keep the legs straight and not over-extend.
  • Press the hands firmly into the mat.
  • Lead the heels down towards the mat.

Variations:

  • Raise one leg towards the ceiling, keeping the hips level.
  • Exhale and then repeat on the other side.

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