Down Dog and Three-Legged Down Dog
Why I do it: Down Dog is a popular pose for a reason — it feels so good! I love how it opens my hamstrings and shoulders, and creates length in my back. Three-Legged Dog allows me to intensify the hamstring stretch.
- Come onto your hands and knees, so your hands are shoulder-width distance apart, with your knees directly below each hip. Tuck your toes and straighten your legs, coming into Downward Facing Dog. Hold here for five breaths.
- Keeping your shoulders parallel with the floor, step both feet together and raise your right leg into the air.
- I like to circle my leg a few times in each direction to really open my hips. I also bend my knee to stretch my hip flexor.
- After five deep breaths, lower the leg and repeat this pose with the left leg lifted.