Did You Know: Adho Mukha Svanasana

Adho Much Svanasana

Adho Much Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) is a very popular pose among yogis, and is one of the poses many think about when Yoga is mentioned.  It offer the ultimate all-over, rejuvenating stretch. This pose when done regularly helps to:

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression and energizes the body
  • Stretched the shoulder, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens the arms & legs and helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis

Before positioning yourself into Downward Facing Dog, beware of some conditions that are contraindications for this pose. These include:

  • Carpal tunnel Syndrome / wrist or neck and shoulder pain
  • Pregnancy: DO NOT DO this pose late-term
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure or headache: Support your head on a bolster or block, ears level between the arms.