The Perfect Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana or just Adho)
As a yoga student and teacher, I notice that postures can be dramatically improved with subtle changes. Like life, your Yoga practice will continue to evolve and change each day.....
Today I wanted to share my 7 secrets to successful downward dog that will have your yoga practice rocking. This pose is one to keep working on. It is great for toning and strengthening your enire body and with time, it becomes easier to perfect...
secret 1. focus on keeping your neck long and the arms straight
secret 2. focus on pushing the energy in your hands down to the base of your fore finger and thumb and into the earth, grounding you
secret 3. rotate your biceps arms away from your body (this rotates the shoulders, opening your chest and heart)
secret 4. gaze to your knees (beginner) thighs (intermediate) and navel (advanced)
secret 5. push your heels down, while lifting your hips up high, lengthening through your entire back (sacrum to neck)
secret 6. soften your shoulders, relax your head and neck
secret 7. and remember to breathe using ujjayi breath, have fun and smile! :)