If you aren’t familiar with yoga, you’ve probably heard the term “downward dog” as it pertains to the practice. Today you’ll learn the basics of this pose (downward dog for beginners), its benefits, and how to perform it safely.
One of our favorite things about downward dog is that it’s a full-body stretch – perfect for when you only have a few minutes of mat time. Another great benefit of this pose is that it’s meant to tone and strengthen. You will definitely be feeling it after just a few short seconds in the pose – especially if you’re new to yoga!
While at first this pose may seem difficult (shaking arms, tight muscles, and adjusting your form), you will soon find that downward dog is actually a great recovery, similar to child’s pose. Enjoy the following physical and mental benefits of downward dog:
- Strengthens the arms and legs
- Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings and calves
- Energizes the body
- Calms the brain & relieves stress
- Improves posture
For more poses that improve your posture- check out this infographic from our friends at Yogatailor.com
Fun Fact: Downward Dog helps to calm the nervous system.
Downward Dog for Beginners: Danielle Diamond of
Xen Strength Yoga