DOWNWARD FACING DOG POSE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Start in plank pose with your shoulders on top of your wrists and your heels on top of the balls of your feet.
2. Without moving your hands or your feet, lift your hips up and back.
3. Stay in downward facing dog pose for 1 to 3 minutes.
Breathe deeply and smoothly and be aware of your body. Spread your fingers as you press down, and maintain your wrists and elbows straight. Open your shoulders and remove all tension from your neck. Straighten the knees, press your thighs back, lift the hips higher and push your heels down.
ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA BENEFITS
The downward facing dog is a great pose to relieve stress and calm the brain. This pose elongates the spine, stretches your arms, shoulders and legs, and eliminates stiffness and back pain. It also strengthens the upper body, boosts circulation and invigorates the whole body.
Pregnancy, gastrointestinal problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure and headache.