Published on August 13th, 2013 | by Catherine Tingey0
DOWNWARD FACING DOG (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
I LOVE this pose because it contains so many different areas to TUNE INTO and TWEAK.
This pose opens up the backs of the legs and the shoulders, lengthens the spine and is just such an awesome ALL IN ONE pose!
In CHILD’S POSE, reach the arms in front and straighten the elbows.
Slightly fan the fingers and press the palms evenly into the mat, lifting the elbows and forearms off the mat.
Rotate the outer upper arms toward the face (a subtle, micro-movement). Feel the shoulder blades wrap around the upper back, creating broadness.
Curl the toes and lifting from the navel, pull the hips up and back.
WORK IN THE POSE
Keep the shoulders down away from the ears.
Lift the kneecaps and engage the fronts of the thighs.
Reach the heels toward the mat.
Avoid collapsing into the armpits by lifting up through the inner wrists, all the way to the shoulders.
Keep the head between the arms i.e don’t let the crown hang to the ground.