down dog // adho mukha svanasana
Downward facing dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana, is a foundational pose of yoga. A pose to come to at the beginning of class to check in with your body, a pose to find between vinyasas, and a pose to find calmness of the mind throughout your practice. Come into this pose from plank, cobra, up dog, or tabletop position. Ground into both feet and both palms and send your hips up and back. Find a straight line from the palms of your hand, through your spine, and up thru your tailbone. Find that same length from your heels through your sit bones. Find equal strength through your arms and legs as you find stillness in your body and mind.