Downward Facing Dog is a total body workout. It stretches your hamstrings and strengthens your upper body. If you do the Partner Yoga pose Double Dog, the person on the bottom gets even more of a deep stretch, and the person on the top gets a killer upper body and core workout.
What happens if you do Triple Dog with three people? It feels amazing to be physically connected to two other people like this. It takes even more strength and communication to get into this pose (and stay in it), but when you do, it's an amazing feeling.
To find out how to get into it,
- Partner #1 begins in Down Dog. Partner #2 stands on the left side of them.
- Partner #2 places their hands about 8 to 12 inches in front of Partner #2's hands.
- Partner #2 lifts their right leg and places their foot on the bone (the back of the pelvis) above Partner #1's bum. Partner #2 repeats this action with their left foot, bringing it to the Partner #1 left backside. Partner #2 cups each side of Partner #1's pelvis with their feet. Partner #2 is basically doing Down Dog on top of their partner. Hence the name - Double Dog.
- Now Partner #3 stands on the left side of Partner #2 and gets into Down Dog, with their feet cupping above Partner #2's pelvis.
- This pose gets intense quickly because it takes a lot of strength to stay in it. Just make sure all three partners are communicating the entire time.
Fit's Tip: After you've had fun practicing with three people, try it with four or more. It is a veritable downward dog party!