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Downward Dog Featured

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When you first being your yoga practice you may notice that your downward facing dog, is not exactly easy to hold or comfortable to stay in. As time goes on, and you remain committed to your practice you will notice that this becomes a comfortable resting posture.

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!

Check out the EVENTS Page on how to join my next class

 

 

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