#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 13

Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction.

Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog

 

Benefits:

  • Stretches hamstrings as well as calves.
  • It is a great prep pose for inversions.
  • Increases strength in shoulders.

Foundation & General Alignment:

  • Two hands on the ground, hands are shoulder width apart with pointer fingers parallel with each other.
  • Two feet on the ground hip width apart, feet can either be flat on ground or the heels can be up off the ground.
  • The distance between hands and feet is whatever is more comfortable for you.
  • Pelvis is in a neutral position.
  • Arms are not resting on the floor.
  • Head isn't hanging towards the ground. Ears are between your arms. Shoulders are away from ears.

Common Problems:

  • Most at risk: Wrists, elbows from hyper extension and knees also from hyper extending.
  • Hands are misaligned.
  • Pulling with the head.

Modifications:

  • If you're tight in your hamstrings bend your knees or place your heels against the wall.
  • If you have tight shoulders widen hands or turn fingers out more.
  • Use block between shins for more engagement.

Do not engage in if you have high blood pressure or shoulder injuries.

Articles published by Basmati.com are no substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care provider before beginning any new regimen. For more information, please visit our disclaimer page here.

Back to main site

Write a comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.