Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward-Facing Dog Pose
© Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy
B E N E F I T S
— Inverted poses are extremely important because they reverse the action of gravity on the body and get the blood and lymph flowing in opposite directions.
— On an emotional level downward facing dog helps turn everything on its head and helps us see things from a different angle.
— It helps boost self-confidence.
— Because of the increased blood flow to the top of the body, shoulder stand can help improve brain function and cognition and reduce anxiety and depression.
— Takes pressure off the heart, which has to work less to get blood flowing to the brain.
— Strengthens and tones the arms and legs
— Because of the weight bearing nature of the posture on the arms and legs it helps strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis.
— Lengthens and straightens the spine, helping to relieve pain in the upper, middle and lower back.
— The body gets a 360-degree stretch in just one pose.