Downward-Facing Dog with Bent Knees
Category:Arm and Leg Support / Forward Bend
From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana), the arms are extended straight and the knees are bent with the sits bones tilted up and reaching for the sky in dog tilt. The belly is pulled in and up. The gaze is towards the belly.
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Energizes the body. Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands. Strengthens the arms and legs. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with the head supported. Helps prevent osteoporosis. Improves digestion. Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue. Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, and sinusitis. Warms up the ankles, toes, knees and hamstrings.