Dog Poses

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward Facing Dog (Urdvah Mukha Svanasana) are foundational poses for sun salutations. Down Dog strengthens the wrists, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendon as well as the entire back and shoulder area. By elongating the cervical spine and neck muscles it can also decrease tension. Upward dog stretches the front body, counteracting the typical forward folding posture so many of us are when we are at work, doing chores, gardening, driving, or even playing a musical instrument. This helps to open our chest, and tone the arms and legs.