Yoga Pose: Downward-Facing Dog with Knee to Forehead

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  • Downward-Facing Dog with Knee to Forehead

  • Category:
    Arm and Leg Support / Balancing
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana), one knee is pulled into the chest or to the forehead depending upon your range of flexibility. The belly is pulled up and in. The back is arched in a Cobra position. The belly is pulled towards the spine and the chin is tucked. The gaze is down and slightly forward.

  • 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. Warms up the ankles and the toes. Strengthens abdominal muscles.