Down dog is one of the most widely recognized yoga postures, but it’s also a complicated one. Down dog works the whole body, and can build strength, increase flexibility, relieve back pain, and bring all the benefits of an inversion.
Sanskrit: Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
- Place your hands on the back of a chair with palms shoulder-distance apart.
- Step your feet back until they align under hips, creating a right angle with your body, spine parallel with the floor.
- Ground through your feet and lift through thighs.
- Reach hips away from hands to lengthen the sides of your torso.
- Firm your outer arms in and lengthen through the crown of your head.
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