Yoga Pose: One Legged Downward-Facing Dog, Three Legged Downward-Facing Dog (Eka Pāda Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)

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  • One Legged Downward-Facing Dog

  • Eka Pāda Adho Mukha Śvānāsana

  • eka = one
  • pāda = foot or leg
  • adho = downward
  • mukha = facing
  • śvāna = dog
  • āsana = posture
  • Alt. Name:
    Three Legged Downward-Facing Dog
  • Category:
    Arm and Leg Support / Balancing
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana), one foot extends up to the sky while the opposite foot is rooted into the earth. The hips are squared and the toes are active. The forehead reaches for the earth as the shoulder blades rotate inward. The gaze is towards the back.

  • Benefits:

    Tones and strengthens the standing leg. Improves flexibility. Opens the hips.