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