Why do we do Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Svanasana?

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Why do we do Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Svanasana?

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It’s one of the most iconic yoga poses and I’m sure for most of you it’s the first pose that comes to mind you when you think of yoga.

So here’s some of the reasons why we do it…
•The walking, running and moving around that we do everyday causes most of us to have tight hamstrings and calves, this pose opens out the backs of the legs, lengthening the hamstrings and releasing tension.

•It strengthens and opens the chest, this again helps to remove the tensions that build up from the day to day grind. Most of us who sit hunched over a desk all day have tight chest muscles as well as tightness caused by stress and worry.
Strengthening the chest also reduces stress and pressure on the shoulders and upper back.

•It also strengthens the arms and lengthens the spine, giving you a whole body stretch and strengthening.

•Lastly it helps to deepen the breath and improves your connection to the breath. It’s a calming pose that’s not overly challenging therefore giving you time to slow the breath down and check back into the body.
This is personally why I like to use it a lot throughout class, giving my students time to connect back to their breath between each set of postures, and calm the mind.

What more could you ask for in a yoga pose….go get your downward facing dog on 🙏🏼