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Yoga Lab: : Digging into Downward Facing Dog Pose
October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Heather Huck
“Take downward dog”, “Come into your dog pose”, “Rest in down dog”, “Down dog is a resting pose”…
These phrases are so common. I’m guilty of saying a couple myself… before I knew better. If you are a yoga practitioner or teacher, you’ve heard it and probably said it too. I have stopped calling it a resting pose. In a flow class you move through it quickly and repetitively. In a regular yoga class it is usually passed over as a way to get to or from another pose, used as a quick warm up in Sun Salutations or even a standalone warm up pose, but rarely does it get the attention it deserves. To be fair, it is challenging to give it that attention in a regular yoga class. Over time, with repetition, and without a solid understanding of what the pose requires from us, Downward Facing Dog can lead to damage in joints, most commonly the shoulders. The Downward Facing Dog posture is a wonderful full-body pose requiring a good balance of strength and flexibility, effort and surrender. Some of its many benefits include strengthening the hands, arms, shoulders, legs and back, stretching the entire back of the body, chest and shoulders, as well as being an inversion. We will cover optimal alignment; common misalignments and trouble shoot with modifications. Then we’ll play with different variations of the posture from strengthening to restorative. You will be able to use this information as you go forward in your yoga practice, whether at home or in a yoga class. Look forward to an informative, but fun, and adventurous yoga experience!
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