Downward Facing Dog Pose: Benefits of Adho Mukha Savanasana

What’s the one pose most people think of when they think of yoga? Yup, downward dog and all it’s other names: downdog, downward facing (for the hipster crowd), ahdo mukha svanasana. But the real question we should ask ourselves is “why should we practice downward facing dog?” Here are some quick answers, just remember to do it properly, do it every day, and ask your rea life yoga teacher for help if it hurts. It shouldn’t hurt. It may be hard at first but its benefits are immensely noticeable. Love yoursef, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Benefits of Downward Facing Dog

  • Calms you down and alleviates stress
  • Improves your brain power by going upside down
  • Strengthens hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders
  • Increases length and strength in low-back
  • Stretches your front and back body completely
  • Balances your spinal column
  • Decreases back pain by strengthening the entire back and shoulder area
  • Stretches hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendon
  • Decreases tension in neck and shoulders
  • Deepens respiration
  • Improves circulation
  • Reverses blood flow which benefits the heart
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Improves relaxation
  • Counteracts mild depression
  • Increases levels of seratonin to promote balanced emotional state
  • Everybody could benefit by downward dog (if you do not have any wrist injuries) and if you can’t put weight in your hands try half down dog with your hands on a wall no higher than your hips, shoulder distant apart, step feet back and create a letter “L” shape.

    Here’s a fun variation to try for more experienced students.

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