Downward Dog: Pose of the Month

Today I will be teaching you all about one of my favorite yoga poses: downward dog! I will be going over how to execute the pose, its specific and unique benefits, and practical ways you can incorporate this pose into your child’s life. Remember that yoga is great for not just your kids, but for you too! I encourage you to try it with them while teaching them these poses. Doing yoga together can become a fun bonding activity!



How to:

Step 1: Begin in tabletop position with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Your hands should be flat on the ground, with your fingers facing forward. Your feet should be resting on the floor, with the shoelace side down.

Step 2: Exhale and tuck your toes while simultaneously lifting your knees off of the ground. Bring your hips up to the sky until you look like the letter “A.” You can keep your legs slightly bent in this pose, you do not need to fully straighten them.

Step 3: Inhale. Lengthen your spine while looking at your feet and deepening your stretch.



Benefits?

Downward dog is an amazing pose with plenty of health benefits. Having your heart above your head can be both calming and energizing. Downward dog improves breathing and can also help with clearing sinuses if you’re struggling with a bit of nasal congestion. Downward dog is a weight bearing exercise, meaning that you are putting most of your weight onto your hands. It is a great way to strengthen your shoulders, chest, and core muscles. Not only is downward dog a strengthening pose, but this magical pose can also improve your flexibility! It stretches your back, shoulders, hamstrings, calves and even the bottom of your feet.


Application

Try adding this into your daily routine right after getting out of bed, and watch your mornings run smoother than ever before.

Sun Salutation:





  • Reach up to the sky

  • Then down to the ground

  • One leg back

  • Come to plank

  • Kiss the mat

  • Be a snake

  • Now to dog

  • Jump like a frog

  • Stand tall in mountain







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