Yoga Pose: Revolved Downward-Facing Dog (Parivṛtta Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)

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  • Revolved Downward-Facing Dog

  • Parivṛtta Adho Mukha Śvānāsana

  • parivṛtta = revolved
  • adho = downward
  • mukha = facing
  • śvāna = dog
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Arm and Leg Support / Twist
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana), the legs are straight with the sits bones tilted up and reaching for the sky. The feet are flat with the heels firmly rooted. One palm is flat with the knuckles evenly pressed into the earth. The other hand reaches under the body and grasps the opposite ankle. The spine is long and the heart is open toward the sky. The neck is loose and the crown of the head is relaxed toward the earth. The gaze is toward the center.

  • Benefits:

    Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Energizes the body. Stretches the shoulders, neck, 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.