Benefits of Downward Facing Dog

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Downward Facing Dog has always been one of my favorite yoga poses. It is a very simple pose that has many great benefits for your body and mind. Here are a few reasons why you should add Down Dog into your daily yoga practice!

Down Dog elongates your spine and relieves back pain which is especially good for those of us who either spend all day on our feet or all day sitting down. Down Dog gives an amazing stretch to the backs of your legs and your feet at the same time that it is strengthening your upper body (1).

Mentally, Downward Facing Dog also has many benefits. This pose relieves headaches (1), calms your brain (2), and relieves insomnia and fatigue (3).  In addition, Down Dog helps to energize you for your day (2), it improves circulation like other inversions by reversing the pull of gravity (4), and improves digestion (2).

In the fast paced and high-stress world we are accustomed to this pose is very helpful. It helps treat many of the issues that we develop due to this lifestyle.

To get into Down Dog:

Start on all fours in a table top position. Walk you palms out slightly, curl your toes and push your hips up towards the sky. Your body should form and upside down V. Try not to round your spine. Keep pushing into your hands so your ears are away from your shoulders and your spine is straight.

What is your favorite yoga pose?

Sources:

  1. Gaiam TV
  2. Yoga Journal
  3. Art of Living
  4. Gaiam TV 2
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