Learn how to make the most of this "resting pose" which is really quite active. Open and strengthen your shoulders and your upper back, and open the hamstrings, calves and ankles. Add the breath. When you've got the basics down, try the classes below that flow in and out of this universal pose.
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Downward-Facing Dog.
A prenatal yoga class that connects you to your breath in order to get deep into a stiff neck, tight shoulders, chest and upper back. Perfect for early in the morning or after a long day before you head off to bed. Great at any stage of pregnancy.
This practice will guide you through a gentle sequence of yin stretches with plenty of emphasis on the breath. Release blockages and cultivate space and freedom at every level of your being. Enjoy, yogis!
It's a myth that "basic" equals "boring". This practice breaks down some of the most basic poses in a way that teaches you to stay curious so that you can continue to make the discoveries that will ultimately lead to increased strength, flexibility and overall awareness. Enjoy!
This short flow sequence will lead you through sun salutations, a dancing warrior flow, bridge, wheel, thread the eye of the needle, reclined twists and savasana. Focus on humbling any business, noise or activity in the mind. Return home to your body, your breath, and the present moment. Enjoy, yogis!
Enjoy a gentle warm up, Series A, Series B, standing balance, spinal twists, core strengthening and dancer’s bridge followed by bridge and wheel pose. The cool-down includes happy baby pose, thread the needle, reclined twists and Savasana.
Rather than being overly focused with what the posture looks like from the outside, focus on how each posture feels from the inside. Make friends with whatever you discover!
If your (down) dog is giving you trouble, "he" may just need some new tricks to get "him" in line. Sure, it might be as simple as better alignment. But dogs are people pleasers by nature. Maybe it's time to look at the nature of your dog and see what "he" needs to be a good dog. This session explores lots of warmups and props that address some common dog issues. Play with these to help you see what you need for a happy dog. Remember that consistency, patience and positive reinforcement are keys to any kind of training. Be kind to yourself and give yourself a treat every time you show up on your mat.