Downward Facing Dog
For an active pose that works like a big hug for your body, Downward Facing Dog does the trick:
- From Child's Pose, place your hands parallel to each other at the top of your mat with your wrists underneath your shoulders. Take a deep inhale.
- As you exhale, lift your hips, coming into an upside down "V" shape called Downward Facing Dog.
- Spread your fingers wide and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels toward the ground. Relax your head between your arms, and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button. Hold for five breaths.
- Traditionally this pose is done during Sun Salutation A, so you can also come into it from Upward Facing Dog.
Photo: Jenny Sugar