Downward Dog All Day

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A popular yoga pose that stretches and strengthens many fundamental muscles in the body, warms and loosens and ultimately builds a strong core by keeping the lower back open and strong, make time for a daily Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)...

- Simply kneel on the mat and lean forward slightly and place your hands out in front of you, spreading your palms with your index fingers parallel, making sure your knees are parallel with your bum and your hands are parallel with your shoulders.

- Exhale, curl your toes, straighten your arms and legs, push your bum up towards the sky (imagine your tailbone extending towards the ceiling) and pull your belly button into your spine. At first keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor, then with an exhalation push your top thighs back and stretch your heels towards the floor.

- Slowly begin to straighten your knees, but be sure to listen to your body. If you have tight hamstrings slowly start to peddle your legs, stretching the heel of each foot one at a time before resuming back to straightening both legs.

- Push your finger tips into the mat and free your neck from tension, keeping your head strong between your upper arms and your eyes pointing towards your belly button for a powerful and revitalising Downward Dog. Hold this position for 1-3 minutes...and BREATHE!

TIP: Make sure to keep your thigh muscles engaged to take the strain off your upper body.

DOWNWARD DOG ALL DAY LONG WITH THESE BENEFITS...

- Relieves back pain, headaches and fatigue

- Calms the nervous system and calms the mind, helping to relieve stress  

- Stretches and strenghtens the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, core, back, calves and hamstrings

- Increases full body and blood circulation 

- Enhances digestion 

- Naturally energises the body and mind and allows for a healthy pause in between poses