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Adho Mukha Svanasana
(Downward-Facing Dog Pose)

Adho Mukha Svanasana pose

How to perform Downward-Facing Dog Pose

Press evenly into your hands and feet. The main aim is to elongate the back of your body while lifting your hips up as high off the ground as possible. If necessary, bend your knees a little but stay strong in the legs.

What is Adho Mukha Svanasana?

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) is one of the foundation poses that you learn as a beginner and continue to practice throughout your Iyengar yoga life. It serves many different purposes and can come at the beginning, middle, or end of a sequence.

When to use Adho Mukha Svanasana?

Adho Mukha Svanasana has therapeutic applications for the shoulders and lower back. It also teaches us about the importance of the foundation of the feet and legs and how to extend the arms from the base of the ribcage in order to properly integrate the limbs to the trunk. This understanding can then be applied to every pose.

Video sequences that include this pose