Down dog (This pose is practically a mini yoga session all its own.)
• Start on all fours
• Knees under hips, hands are forward of your shoulders with fingers spread wide. The middle finger is pointing forward.
• Curl toes under and keeping the knees bent start to lift the hips toward the ceiling then push hips back lengthening the spine. If the upper and mid back round when the legs straighten keep the knees bent. Move your heels to the floor (they don’t have to touch, just move them is that direction).
• Elongates and releases tension from your spine
• Stretches your hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
• Strengthens your arms, shoulders, and back
• Relieves back pain, headaches, insomnia and fatigue
• Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
• Downward-Facing Dog is a mild inversion that calms the nervous system and helps relieve stress
• Wrist problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis.
• Do not practice this pose if you have glaucoma or retinal problems. High blood pressure,
• eye or inner ear infection.
• Avoid this pose in late-term pregnancy
• If Down Dog feels to challenging come into Puppy Pose.
• Ease pressure on your wrists by placing a wedge under your palms or performing the pose on your elbows.
• Elevate hands on blocks or on the seat of a chair to release and open your shoulders.
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