Adho Mukha Svanasana, also known as Downward Facing Dog, is a commonly practiced asana in yoga. It is a weight-bearing pose that helps to strengthen the arms, legs, and core. It is also a great stretch for the back, hamstrings, and calves.
To come into Downward Facing Dog, start in a tabletop position on your hands and knees. Make sure your wrists are under your shoulders and your knees are under your hip.
Lift your hips and straighten your legs, pressing your heels towards the ground. You should be in an inverted “V” shape with your body. Keep your core engaged and your shoulders relaxed. Gently push into your hands to create more length in your spine. You can stay here for several breaths, or walk your feet closer to your hands to come into a forward bend.
Downward Facing Dog is a great pose to practice at any time, as it can help to energize the body and calm the mind. It is also a great pose to practice if you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
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