Why I love downward facing dog so much.
It helps to settle the mind when it is racing and you feel stressed.
Within the pose you can play around with finding a balance of being both restful and dynamic.
It awakens the whole body.
It opens the heart space.
It strengthens the wrist, arms, shoulders, back and legs.
It stretches the chest, shoulders, ribcage, hamstrings, calves.
Begin on all fours. Tuck the toes under. Lift your hips up and back. Keep your knees bent for now. Press your hands into the ground, engage the arms and lift your hips up and back. Your weight should be back so use your legs, don’t hang forward into your shoulders and wrist. Bend those knees to create length in your torso. When you begin to feel some ease and space in your upper body and length in your spine you can slowly begin to straighten the legs. But as soon as you feel the weight moving forward into your shoulders and wrist, bend the knees and lift the hips. Shift your weight back. Keep your neck long and let your gaze rest between your feet. In your downward dog you can play around with stillness and moving around. Find what feels good.