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Easy is the hard – Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Shuyan

Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is almost in all the yoga videos I’ve seen before. I did know that I could barely put my hills on the mat, but it was only until the YTT class, I realized the pose has so much more requirements.


Before the YTT class, I thought the root cause of my issue is purely on hamstring. In fact, pushing your hills on the mat is not the only thing. My bigger issues are on the rounded lower back, disengaged hip flexors and core. We also need to be careful about protecting the wrist, pressing the mat with the first three fingers help a lot. It’s also part of the graduate process to reach handstand poses.


As part of the Sun Salutation Sequence (Surya Namascar), we usually stay longer time in the easy poses like Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and downward facing dog to feel our body and adjust the breath and balance the energy. Simple poses are the ones we should practice more regularly.


It’s also very interesting for me to know about the Strengthening and Stretching concept. Like in downward facing dog, you need to strengthen your core power to be able to stretch your hamstring further. It’s like two sides of the coin.


200HR YTT Jul’21 Weekend