10 Tips To Correct Your Down Dog
In almost every yoga class you will probably see at least one down dog or adho muka svanasana. With these 10 tips for better form in your down dog, you will be nailing this posture in no time.
- Hands shoulder distance apart.
- Feet hip distance apart.
- You should be able to transition from plank to downward facing dog without moving changing the distance between your hands and feet.
- Making sure that all ten toes are facing forward.
- Grounding into all ten fingers and the base of your index finger and thumb.
- External rotation of your shoulders and relax shoulders away from your ears.
- Focus on creating a flat spine, lengthening your tailbone towards the ceiling.
- Engage your core by drawing your belly up and in.
- Any pain in your lower back, or rounding through your spine you can bend your knees. The focus should be a line long of energy from the crown of the head to the tailbone.
- If it’s comfortable and you can maintain the integrity of the spine, you can begin to straighten your legs, extending your heels to the floor.
Looking to practice your down dogs? Join Susan on March 20th for 54 Sun Salutations to celebrate Spring Equinox.