Adho Mukha Svanasana is a modern, foundational yoga pose which is- in simple terms known as the downward Dog Pose or downward-facing Dog Pose; it is an inverted pose performed in a sequence of poses, such as those in Surya Namaskar (The salute to the Sun). It is generally performed at the beginning and end of a yoga routine. This pose might come across as easily attainable; however, to your surprise, it can get slightly difficult if you attempt it for the first time.
It is especially effective in strengthening arms and legs. How does the Adho Mukha Svanasana help? Keep reading to discover its benefits and things to keep in mind while attempting the Adho Mukha Svanasana pose.
Here Are 10 Major Benefits Of Adho Mukha Svanasana That You Cannot Miss Out on
1) The downward dog pose helps in building your core muscles. While practising the Adho Mukha Svanasana pose, the core muscles are constantly exercised and the lower abdominal muscles. As a result, the lower abdominal muscles firmly develop (or get toned). Furthermore, you may also lose some weight by practising the Adho Mukha Svanasana pose!
2) It enhances the blood flow to the brain. In the Adho Mukha Svnsana pose, your heart is placed above your head. Therefore, there is more blood flowing to the brain. This contributes to improving your energy levels and concentration power. By doing the Adho Mukha Svanasana pose consistently, you will feel more energised and relieved. It rejuvenates brain cells and stimulates the brain.
3) It strengthens your arms and legs. There is more pressure and force on your arms and upper body while practising the downward dog pose. This leads to stronger arms and greater upper body strength.
4) Improves your body posture. In work from home setup, we tend to live a sedentary lifestyle and have an incorrect posture; nevertheless, by practising the downward dog pose, we allow our back, neck and shoulders to stretch thoroughly, which eventually results in a better body posture.
5) Strengthen your calf muscles. Working the back of legs is often overlooked by many of us; this pose helps you charge up your calf muscles and hamstrings.
6) It can strengthen your bones. It is a flexion exercise, hence, practising this pose may help avoid osteoporosis.
7) It bends your back correctly. This can reduce back and neck pain. Stretching your spine provides enough oxygen to various parts of your body.
8) Improves your balance and overall flexibility throughout your body.
9) It can minimise the pain in the heels(the calcaneal spur) due to the continuous stretch on the heels.
10) Lastly, it can make you feel refreshed, strong and happy!
To end with, please consult a doctor before performing any yoga poses to ensure absolute safety. Additionally, pay attention to your alignment while practising the Adho Mukha Svanasana pose. So, get your mat and start practising to gain more focus and relaxation in life!