Asana: Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog. An easy way to move into Adho Mukha is either through a Sun Salutation, or from lying on the stomach, bringing palms beside chest, fingers forward, on exhale, lift abdomen and hips, then push back into heels, lengthening arms, spine, and hamstrings. Sitts Bones to heaven. Remain for a minute, feeling intelligent and wide open to new points of view. Keep it simple and powerful. Be present to moving into every corner of the body. Perhaps you yearn to have a better Adho Mukha/Down Dog? Fine, let it fire you towards greatness. But do not disdain, read judge, where you are in the Pose at this moment. Let it be your master. Now howl for all you are worth, becoming God-like in your Dog-like Pose.
Health Notes: Adho Mukha is great for stretching, strengthening, and bringing the brain below the heart. It tones abdominals, strengthens and stretches ankles, hamstrings, shoulders, and arms. The heart rate slows, helping with fatigue, and arthritis, especially in the shoulder girdle. And like all upside down poses, it is ‘happy making.’