Downward Dog Stretch

The beauty of stretching your body in space

I sometimes call it the all-in-one pose because the benefits are so wide-ranging when it's practiced mindfully:

  • Downward-facing dog, or adho mukha svanasana as it’s called in Sanskrit, just might be the most famous yoga pose of all. I sometimes call it the all-in-one pose because the benefits are so wide-ranging when it’s practiced mindfully:

    Elongates and releases tension from your spine.
  • Opens the hips and shoulders.
  • Stretches hamstrings, calves, arches, hands.
  • Strengthens arms, shoulders, wrists, ankles, abdominals.
  • Improves digestion.

 Focus on the hands. The proper placement of the hands is vital as it affects everything above. One thing I find helpful is to shift the weight out of the wrists and toward the knuckle side of the hand. This will ensure you never experience wrist pain from this pose.