Learn how to a downward facing dog!
Also known as Adho Mukha Svanasana (AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna), downward facing dog results in stronger hands, wrists, back, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendons as well as elongating shoulders, spine, and neck. The stretching of these areas helps respiration and anxiety. It gets the blood moving throughout the entire body thus making you feel refreshed. That’s why I believe it’s the perfect pose to do first thing in the morning. Give it a try!
1) Start standing up, then reach your arms down as if trying to reach your toes.
2) Step the legs back so the butt is up in the air like when a dog stretches.
3) Walk the legs forward as close as possible until a gentle stretch is felt. If the heels do not touch the floor, that is fine(:
4) Engage the stretch further by continually pushing the hands into the floor as well as the feet. Keep the shoulders pushed back and keep the head between your arms.
5) Take this stretch one step further by lifting one leg at a time up to the ceiling or lean into one arm while bending the opposite leg.
Get your morning moving with downward dog and feel rejuvenated!