In between poses, this becomes a place you can go to, to regain your breath and a sense of calm. This a good place to reflect on how you’re feeling and evaluate where you may have tightness or where you feel open and strong.
As your practice becomes a constant in your life, downward dog can:
· Builds strength in the shoulders and quadriceps
· Increased circulation
· Releasing tension in the upper spine (cervical) and neck
· Stretch tight hamstrings and calves
· Give you a familiar place to ground yourself in
Setting it up correctly:
· Starting out in child’s pose
· Spreading fingers as wide as possible, with index finger pointing to the top of the mat, and your wrist crease parallel with the top of your mat
· Curling your toes under, start to lift your hips to the sky, and heels to the ground
· There is no need to straighten your legs right away, start slow, enjoying the journey of exploring what your body is trying to tell you.
· Making sure your hands are shoulder width apart, and feet are hip width apart
· Send strength to your legs by lifting your kneecaps, while trying to get your heels as close to the earth as possible
· Try bending your legs one at a time
Even better, why not come join me for a class and I can guide you through a practice!