From our guest blogger, Danielle Diamond, www.xenstrengthyoga.com~
There are days when I don’t have time for a full yoga practice, yet I always try to start my day off with at least one great full body stretch. My go-to pose is most often down dog because not only does it stretch and strengthen your body head to toe, it’s also an inversion, which gets the blood flowing toward your heart and brain. It’s energizing, yet it calms the mind. It can also be used therapeutically to relieve sinusitis and improve digestion.
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, undoubtedly you’ve experienced this pose- even if just flowing through it in a vinyasa. In this video I share with you detailed instruction on how to begin practicing down dog, and also how to take it deeper if you are more advanced.
As with most exercise, there are contraindications, and you should consult your doctor before trying this pose if you experience any of the following: carpal tunnel syndrome, recent shoulder injury, detached retina, glaucoma, high blood pressure or headache.
Check out the video, enjoy practicing down dog, and leave a comment below to let me know what other poses you’d like to learn more about. -Danielle