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Yoga "Poser": Downward Facing Dog

Yoga "Poser": Downward Facing Dog

Do you fear that you are a yoga "poser"? If so, we're here to help you bone up on a few of the yoga basics.

Downward Facing Dog, aka - Adho Mukha Svanasana (the name of the pose in Sanskrit), is a staple of every yoga class. Plus it is a major part of Sun Salutations, often done at the beginning of a yoga class as a warm up to prepare you for what is ahead. It is also a great calf stretch.

Hold the pose for 5 to 10 slow breaths. Inhaling through your nose, and exhaling through your mouth.

If the visual isn't enough and you would like a few pointers


  • Keep your hands in line with your feet, which should be about 12 inches apart.
  • Keep you fingers spread and use your hands to push your weight back into your heels - this increases your calf stretch.
  • Keep you neck relaxed - you should be looking at your feet.
  • Keep your sits bones (the bones you sit on) reaching up toward the ceiling.
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