The name comes from the Sanskrit words Adhas meaning ‘Down’, Mukha meaning ‘Face’, Svāna meaning ‘Dog’, and Asana meaning ‘Posture’.
The Adho Mukha Svanasana looks similar to “how a dog looks when it bends forward”. This asana has numerous amazing benefits that make it extremely essential for you to practice it every day.
How to do Adhomukh Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose asana:
- Stand on four limbs, such that your body forms a table-like structure.
- Exhale and gently lift your hips and straighten your elbows and knees. You need to ensure your body forms an inverted ‘V’.
- Your hands should be in line with your shoulders, and your feet in line with your hips. Make sure that your toes point outwards.
- Now, press your hands into the ground and lengthen your neck. Your ears should touch your inner arms, and you should turn your gaze to your navel.
- Hold for a few seconds, and then, bend your knees and return to the table position.
How to deepen this yoga stretch?
Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor.
Benefits of Adhomukh Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose asana :
- It stretches and gives strength to your whole body.
- It rejuvenates your body.
- This asana stretches the shoulders, hands, hamstrings, calves, and arches of the feet, while strengthening the arms, legs, and ankles.
- It is great for reducing stiffness in the shoulder blades and arthritis in the shoulder joints, relieving pain in the heels, and softening calcaneal spurs.
- It gently stimulates the nerves and slows down the heartbeat. And if you’re a woman going through hot flashes during menopause, this posture gives some relief.
- Reduce anxiety and depression.
- By this pose your body gets a 360 degree stretch.