1st January 2015

Yoga Pose of the Month – Downward Facing Dog

  Pose of the Month: Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) Possibly the world’s most popular yoga pose, the versatility and variety of benefits provided by Downward Facing Dog make it an invaluable posture and the cornerstone of many a practice, whether at home or in class. In her book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit, Donna Farhi calls it “the garlic of yoga – a panacea for whatever ails you, which combines the benefits of an inversion, arm balance, forward bend and restorative pose all rolled into one.” Downward Facing Dog works beautifully in a vinyasa such as a Sun Salutation, or it can be a stand alone posture.  It is a wonderful stretch for the whole back line of the body, creating a feeling of extension in the spine and lengthening the calves and hamstrings.  Staying in the posture strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders.  The shape of the pose affects the breath.  With the arms elevated, the ribs are lifted and the diaphragm is drawn up and in.  […]