Adho Mukha Svanasana | Downward Facing Dog Pose2018-11-042019-02-21https://sacredpathsyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/header-logo-white-adjusted-1.pngSacred Paths Yogahttps://sacredpathsyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/downward-dog-1.png200px200px
(AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna)
adho = downward
mukha = face
svana = dog
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
Energizes the body
Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
Strengthens the arms and legs
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
Helps prevent osteoporosis
Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis
Modifications and Props
For difficulty in releasing and opening the shoulders, raise the hands off the floor on a pair of blocks or the seat of a metal folding chair.
To get a feel for the work of the outer arms, loop and secure a strap around your arms just above your elbows. Imagine that the strap is tightening inward, pressing the outer arms in against the bones. Against this resistance, push the inner shoulder blades outward.
Contraindications and Cautions
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pregnancy: Do not do this pose late-term.
High blood pressure or headache: Support your head on a bolster or block, ears level between the arms.