ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (downward facing dog pose)

ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (downward facing dog pose) is a basic arm support pose, inversion (heart higher from the ground than head), and resting pose.

Starting on hands and knees, curl the toes under, move seat to heels and then lift the hips back and up until you make a triangle or A shape between your body and the mat.

Your fingers are spread wide, the crease/’eye’ of the elbow in line with the thumb.

The feet are hip-distance apart with the outside edges of the feet parallel to the sides of the mat. The heels are reaching towards the floor. 

Lengthen the spine with the tailbone reaching back and up. You can bend the knees slightly if the pose feels challenging.

Gaze between your thighs, knees or ankles.