Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Svanasana
It is natural for canines, dog lovers know—that post-nap stretch with the rump high in the air and paws outstretched in what looks like pooch heaven. But it takes awhile for humans to befriend Adho Mukha Svanasana (AW-doh MOO-ka Shvan-AH-sa-na), a pose in which a lot is happening all at once.

How can you find sukha (comfort or joy) in Down Dog? This is a worthy question, as it is not easy to escape this pose. It is part of Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutation) in most systems of hatha yoga and a quintessential pose in Iyengar Yoga. If you struggle with Down Dog, be compassionate and patient with yourself; you are not the first person with tight hamstrings or weak arms.

On the other hand, be diligent. Ultimately, Down Dog will start to feel so good that you will really empathize with the full-body joy that dogs display while doing the pose.

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