Downward Dog – by Busu

Downward dog by Busu The other day Busu (our dog) decided to interrupt my yoga session and take over my yoga mat. I think she saw me doing downward dog and decided to teach me how it’s truly done 🙂

In Sanskrit,  Adho Mukha Svanasana (pronounced: AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna):  adho = downward + mukha = face + svana = dog

Years ago when I was just learning yoga, I didn’t appreciate this pose. However, as the years went on I see it for the restorative position it is. Especially as I progress to more challenging poses, a downward dog provides a much needed pause and stretch. Our dog does this pose literally every time she goes from sitting to moving. It’s quite amusing to watch her jump off the couch but then morph into a downward dog while walking slowly.

Yoga Journal lists the following benefits:

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Energizes the body
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens the arms and legs
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis
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