Okay it's time for Downward Facing Dog - part 2️⃣! (This is my first voice over, on top of rushing to say as much as I can in such a short time frame, so excuse any awkwardness😫).
This is an excellent modification for anyone who, for whatever reason, cannot do Down Dog as it's traditionally practiced with hands on the ground (see earlier video for demo✨). I actually do this often bc it's quicker and easier than doing regular DD and you can do this practically anywhere! 👏🏼 It feels great for my shoulders and spine, especially when I've been seated and/or on a computer for a long period of time, and is an easy way to open the back of the legs.
So let's get into some finer deets➡️➡️ as you push into the wall and walk your feet backwards, move very slowly and mindfully, ESPECIALLY if you have tight shoulders. When you extend your arms up over your head, your shoulders are in flexion, and this is usually tough for people who don't have a lot of range of motion on their shoulders, so only lower your chest as far as is comfortable to feel a stretch 👍🏼 .
Just like DD on the floor, try to:
🌼keep the press predominantly through the thumb and index finger as your fingers spread apart. 🌼keep your shoulders away from your ears and the outer armpits wrapping outwards and under you. 🌼keep an even press through your feet. 🌼keep a slight engagement in your belly...(so don't let your belly drop, keep it scooped in😛). 🌼try to hold for 5-10 deep breaths. 🌼and most importantly (in my opinion) do whatever feels good in your body, and don't do whatever doesn't feel safe. You don't have to be a cookie-cutter version of any pose. Move the joints (SLOWY AND INTENTIONALLY) in whatever way feels nice, like how I release my neck and bend my knees.
Any questions? Please let me know😊 I foresee demos of Plank Pose and some should opener stretches coming soon.. 👌🏼