Pose Series #1 :: Adho Mukha Svanasana
Welcome to the first post in a new series of posts I'm working on. It is a series of poses that I thought would gear us up for the
. (These will also be posted on the Eat.Pray.Move
How better to start a series of poses than with one of the foundational
Adho Mukha Svanasana
(Downward-Facing Dog). In this series I'll try to plainly explain the physical cues from FINGERS to TOES. As, we all know that in yoga, we must be aware of every part of our body, breath, and mind in each pose.
So, here we go. Try it yourself. Enjoy...and b r e a t h e.
ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA :: DOWNWARD-FACING DOG
Fingers gripping the mat.
Palms pressing down, even weight distribution.
Hands shoulder-distance away.
Gaze (drishti) knees to navel.
Neck relaxed and long.
Abdomen engaged (uddiyana bandha).
Tailbone tilted up.
Pelvis floor engaged (mula handha).
Feet hip-distance apart.
Heels pressing down.
B R E A T H E (ujjayi breath).