Downward Facing Dog pose


Sanskrit name: Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Yoga pose imitating a dog who streches.
This pose is part of the succession performed for the Sun Salutation poses as well.

Recommendations and precautions:

  • It is important to relax the neck and to attempt to stretch the entire spine as best as possible.
  • It is not recommended in case of high blood pressure, of carpal tunnel syndrome or of headaches. This pose is not recommended during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Physical benefits:

  • Improves spinal flexibility.
  • Fortifies arms and legs.
  • Reduces tensions in the shoulders.
  • Stimulates the nervous system.
  • Increases blood flow to the brain.

The Downward Facing Dog pose is categorized as an inverse yoga pose. These poses are extremely important because they inverse gravitational effects on one’s body, positively impacting blood and lymph flow. Practice the Downward Facing Dog pose during Yogilates classes. Learn more here.

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