Downward Facing Dog

Activate your entire body, release stress in your legs and neck, and start building internal heat in Downward Facing Dog. Ten breaths might seem like a long time — but don't bail! This pose will get the blood pumping through your whole body.

Step your feet out a little wider than usual or pedal your feet one at a time to feel an even bigger release in your hips and the backs of your legs.

  • From Cat-Cow, slowly come back to a neutral spine, then press back on your hands, and come into a tabletop position 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 10 breaths.

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