Monday, August 8, 2011

Yoga Pose of the Week

Starting tonight, every Monday night I will post a pose of the week.  Along with a picture, there will be a description of the pose.  I hope this will help you to learn the benefits of each pose, and maybe incorporate it into your own practice.
This week's pose is Ado Mukha Svanasana
Also known as Downward Facing Dog, it is one of the most known poses, and an integral part of any practice.  It does double duty as an energizing pose, and also one that becomes a resting pose during vigorous practice.  The Sanskrit is pronounced: AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna.  If you have Carpal tunnel syndrome, or Diarrhea, please do not attempt this pose, and make your instructor aware of your condition.  If you have High blood pressure or a headache: Support your head on a bolster or block, ears level between the arms, after getting a doctor's OK to practice.  Also, if you are pregnant, please avoid this pose late term, and always get a doctor's approval before practicing while pregnant.

Begin on hands and knees, shoulders directly over wrists.  Tuck your toes, and push your hips up until you come into an inverted "V".  If you find your heels are very high off the mat, walk your feet in a bit until your are able to sink them a little further down.  Be sure to press your hands into the mat evenly, and also that your head and neck are relaxed, but between the arms.  Hold this pose anywhere from 1-3 minutes.