Watch a 2 part series practice with Cristina. One is centered around the pose the second is a yin practice meant to stretch and release.  Namaste to all!


Benefits Of Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

The Adho Mukha Svanasana, as we have already established, is one of the best poses of yoga, and has numerous benefits. Take a look at some of the benefits of including this asana in your practice.

1. Strengthens The Abdominal Muscles

The inversion of the downward facing dog pose is the boat pose. We all know that the Navasana benefits the abdominal muscles that also help support the spine. This exercise has similar effects on the abdominal muscles. It helps to stretch and strengthen these muscles.

2. Improves Circulation

It might not have come to your notice, but the downward facing dog is actually an inversion. The hips are lifted, and the head is dropped below the heart. There is a reversal in the pull of gravity, so fresh blood flows, thus promoting circulation.

3. Improves Digestion

This asana is not a full fold, but it still allows the abdominal muscles to compress the organs of the digestive system, including the liver, kidneys, and the spleen.

[ Read: 10 Healthy Foods For Good Digestion ]

4. Tones The Hands And Feet

The body weight is on your hands and feet when you do the Adho Mukha Svanasana. Therefore, it tones the limbs and prepares them for better balance.

5. Decreases Anxiety

This pose also helps you relax and calms your mind, thus reducing anxiety. As the neck and cervical spine are stretched, stress is released.

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The Science Behind Adho Mukha Svanasana

The Adho Mukha Svanasana is known to relax the muscles. The attempt to pull your hands while you take on this pose escalates the tension in the muscle tendons, and in response to the tension, the spinal cord gives a signal to the muscles to relax. The stretching through the pose releases endorphins that help relax your body and mind