Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Facing Dog Pose

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
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Adho Mukha means having the face downwards; Svana is a dog. Downward Facing Dog pose resembles a dog having a good stretch. It stretches the spine, hamstrings and shoulders, while strengthening the shoulders and encouraging blood flow to the head. Downward facing dog is done many times during most yoga classes.


alyssab 5 years ago

Thanks for this video. I have hyperextended elbows and (I think) shoulders, and whenever I do this pose my head and shoulders sink down way under my arms. A teacher told me to keep a microbend in my elbows, but this makes me feel really unsteady and unsupported. Any advice?