The downward dog pose, also known as its Sanskrit name Adho Mukha Svanasana, is usually one of the first poses learned by beginners in yoga. With your hands and feet flat against the ground and your hips pointed in the air, this pose might look funny, but it has great benefits for your mind and body.
The downward dog pose has numerous health benefits, as it is said to help those who have asthma, sciatica, and high blood pressure. However, it is not recommended that you venture to get into the downward dog position if you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and/or currently have any shoulder, wrist, back, or neck injuries.
The downward dog asana has benefis from head to toe, but focusing just on the head, the benefits are exceptional. Your head and mind can become clear while practicing this inverted yoga pose because it allows you to focus on your breathing while the lungs and sinuses are opened. Allergies and sinus symptoms are reported to be diminished with practicing the downward dog pose because it allows your sinuses to flow better. Insomnia, stress, and headaches all benefit from the pose as well.
Along with the pose being an energizing and really calming position, it helps to build strength in your various body parts, such as your hips, back, arms, shoulders, and legs. Other muscles in your body like your calves, ankles, and feet are also being stretched and worked.
Managing and preventing osteoporosis is yet another benefit of the downward dog position. Osteoporosis gets prevented and managed by the strengthening of your bones and the building of your bone density. You are stretching your entire body in this pose, building great upper body strength, keeping and building healthy, strong bones, and even stretching and lengthening your spine.
Flexibility is another wonderful benefit that can be obtained from practicing the downward dog position. Wrists, arms, legs, hips, back, and shoulders are all proved to become more flexible while practicing the position. Flexibility can help keep you feeling balanced and limber as well as helping in your sex life.
While exploring the previous benefits provided from this position, keep in mind that the downward dog position helps to stimulate some of your body’s organ systems, such as your digestive system. While in the downward dog position, your heart is placed above your head, allowing your blood to flow better through your body and organs. Your lymph nodes are also activated in the downward dog position.
In conclusion, the downward dog position has great benefits for your mind, body, and soul, keeping you healthy, flexible, and strong. The blood flow that the downward dog position enables helps blood flow to your face and cheeks. Blood flow to your face and cheeks creates a healthy glow to your skin. You may not even need to put your make-up on. While in the inverted V pose, you receive many benefits that can allow you to live a happier and healthier life.