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Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog sets a strong tone for the sequence:

  • Begin on your hands and knees. Your wrists should be underneath your shoulders, and your knees should be underneath your hips.
  • Inhale as you tuck your toes under your heels. Then exhale to lift your hips, coming into an upside-down V shape called Downward Facing Dog.
  • Spread your fingers wide, and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels toward the ground.
  • Relax your head between your arms, and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button. Hold for five breaths.

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