Downward Facing Dog
4 benefits for a runner:
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress, its a great post-run stretch. Helps your body assimilate the training.
- -Energizes the body. So true! Maybe because you refocus.
- -Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands!! The one stretch that stretches it all. Well, almost.
- -Strengthens the arms and legs. Yes, especially the arms. I can still not touch my heels in the ground. More reason to do it!
Downward facing dog was one of the first yoga poses I started practicing and one I try to do after every run. Almost. And when I don’t, I can feel the difference! Yoga teacher Anna from Yogamala says its one of her favorites and a pose one can “hang around in for ages”. I agree!
Doing it properly and consistently the most noticeable benefits include:
– Stronger hands, wrists, lower back, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendon
– Strengthening the entire back and shoulder girdle
– Elongated shoulders and shoulder-blade area
– Elongating the cervical spine and neck and relaxing the head
– Deepened respiration
– Increased full-body circulation
So how does one do this pose correctly? Of all the tutorials on YouTube this is my favorite. Its brilliant! Why not give it a go and add it to your stretch routine too. Now go down your dog and enjoy. Big hug!