The dreaded down dog blog. Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana. I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for a couple of years. Like my healthy eating, it comes and goes. The time has come to share thoughts and create a conversation about this complicated pose, but I don’t want to create anti-ahimsa and asana arguments. I am, after all, a yoga teacher.
That being said, I think this dreaded down dog blog needs to happen because I am a yoga teacher. I put people in this pose. I practice this pose. I teach level 1 classes and therapeutic, functional movement in my classes. Regardless of the class title, many students show up with body blind spots (areas of the body that have been abused, misused, overused, or areas of the body that are just plain confused) and there is a lot of confusion when it comes to downward facing dog. I want to share some information I have found helpful in both my teaching and practicing of this pose. So here we go:
Always warm up the shoulders before practicing or teaching DD.
Down dog is not a resting pose. *(see below for more on this).
Have options for your students. There are many options.
Om shanti needs to occur in your shoulders, not just in your heart. Read the rest of this blog post »