If you’ve ever done (or seen) #yoga, you have been introduced to this bad boy - Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana.
Down dog is an amazing pose - it’s a great stretch (hello hamstrings and low back), it strengthens our body, specially triceps and shoulders, and it’s an introductory inversion, awarding tons of benefits to our whole nervous system. But is it an easy pose? I’d say - not really! You have to be strong and flexible, to some extend, to do it (and hold it). Although I’ve been doing yoga for years, I feel far from mastering the pose. As a matter of fact, I began re-adjusting my down dog. I suffer from hyperextension in my joints so sometimes my shoulders melt too far. Because of running and cycling, my hamstrings are tight on the other hand. So I began slightly bending my knees and engaging the core and pulling lower ribs in, so instead of melting and dumping into my body, I stay engaged and conscious in the pose. It’s been very transformational in my practice.
Yoga teaches us to be present in our body, and that can easily go away when you practice or teach a lot because, you know, ‘you know it all already’. Being a student again and going back to basics has been nice 🌟 Current Goal: receive yoga. Breathe and be.