Thursday, February 24, 2011

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Stretches and relaxes the spine
Increases the flexibility of the spine, hamstrings, calf muscles and shoulders
Nourishes the brain with an increased blood supply
Improves concentration
Start in a plank or push-up position with knees off of the ground.  Then slowly begin to raise your hips toward the sky. Your feet are hip distance apart and your hands are shoulder distance apart.  Be sure fingers are spread and weight is on all 4 corners of the hands.  Relax your head neck and shoulders and breath.  If your spine is rounded in this position, bend the knees slightly so the back will be straight.

This pose is helpful for insomnia, expands the chest,  gives the heart and digestive system a break in the antigravity position.  Gives the abdominal organs a gentle massage and is helpful for insomnia. 


  1. Good picture! I'm sure glad you use the English terms for these when we do them.....

  2. I try to put both the yoga and english word so we can all try to learn the language of yoga!