Adho Mukha Svanasana, a.k.a Downward Facing Dog Pose, is a pose we do a lot in our asana practice, especially if you do a vinyasa or flow practice. Honestly, down dog is a favorite of mine: I love the feeling of length in my spine, the opening in my ribs for my breath, the release in my calf muscles. I also love how strong I feel in my arms and shoulders. And, of course, I love being upside down without having to take my feet off the ground!
Often in class however, we don’t do enough to prepare the body for this pose. That’s why I put together this mini practice that includes movements to mobilize the hands, wrists, and shoulders, the hips and spine, as well as the legs and ankles. I’ve been inspired tremendously by the work of Dr. Andreo Spina and his Functional Range Conditioning practice as well as the work of biomechanist and movement educator, Katy Bowman. I hope you enjoy the practice and that your down dog feels strong and spacious.
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