When I think of yoga the first thing that comes in mind is a downward-facing dog pose, or Adho Mukha Svanasana. Any form of yoga would have this pose incorporated, which benefits your entire mind and body. It aids in fending off certain ailments and gives you an emotional boost when practiced daily.
… so grab a high quality yoga mat and give it a try! See how Downward-Facing Dog Pose can benefit you below.
Strengthens the Spine
You are using gravity to challenge your core and back as you round your spine back and fourth in a gentle flow between Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog. This also helps to re-align your spine in a natural way.
Strengthens the Arms
This flow between Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog requires highly controlled movements and breathing, thus strengthening the the shoulder and arms.
If you can bring your attention to really pressing your hands into your mat, and rolling your biceps away from your ears, you will get awesome muscular engagement throughout your whole arm, which in turn will help build strength and stamina in all of your muscles.
Boosts Your Mood
Downward-facing position brings blood to your brain faster and nourishes it with oxygen to increase your attention, focus, and mood.
Seeing the world at a different angle can help us see and approach situations in a different way. Downward Dog’s inverted stretch to your spine can help reduce stress and anxiety, so that when you turn right-side-up again, you are a more open, more energized version of yourself!
Helps with Back Pain and Headaches
The pose takes the weight off the spine and gives your entire back and neck a deep stretch, which reduces pain and brings comfort.
“A flexible spine is a flexible mind”.