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Yoga Pose Of The Week: Stretch & Strengthen Your Whole Body With Downward Dog

Yoga Pose Of The Week: Stretch & Strengthen Your Whole Body With Downward Dog

The downward dog is a great resting position that you come back to many times through out your practice, so its important to get the foundations of it correct so it actually feels like a resting position.

FOUNDATION

  • Hands at shoulder width and feet at hip width
  • Spread your fingers wide like a tree frog, gripping on to the mat
  • Externally rotate your shoulders (imagine the action of externally opening two jam jars with your hands)
  • Lift up through the belly switching on your core
  • Lift your sit bones (hips) towards the ceiling, pulling your stomach in and lowering your chest down
  • Keeping your knees bent at the start until the legs warm up then lightly push the heels down to the floor, stretching out the back of the legs
  • Keep a micro bend in the knees to protect the knee joint and make sure you relax you neck

Yoga Pose Of The Week: Stretch & Strengthen Your Whole Body With Downward Dog 1

Yoga Pose Of The Week: Stretch & Strengthen Your Whole Body With Downward Dog 2

BREATH

  • Deep inhales in and out through the nose until your body softens into the pose

BENEFITS

  • Strengthens your wrists and Achilles tendons
  • Has a lengthening effect on your shoulders and spine
  • Has a rejuvenating effect on your nervous system

Sammy Veall owns and runs Yoga 213 with studios in Bondi Junction, Sydney and South Yarra, Melbourne.

Photography by Deanna Geralch

Written by Sammy Veall

Sammy Veall is The Carousel’s resident Yoga Teacher and owner of Yoga 213 studios in Melbourne and Bondi, which specialise in hip hop yoga, a technique Sammy proudly introduced into Australia. Sammy is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha and Niyama hot yoga and is a regular authority on all things yoga related, appearing in Women’s Health magazine, Yoga Journal and The Age newspaper. Sammy is also the Ambassador for Diabetes Australia and The Carousel is thrilled to welcome Sammy Veall as our resident Yoga Teacher, bringing fun, technique and a host of healthy mind, body and soul benefits to www.thecarousel.com fans every week.

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