Downward-Facing Dog with Toe Raises
Category:Arm and Leg Support / Balancing
From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana), the weight of the body is supported on the hands and the toes. The ribcage is lifted. The shoulder blades rotate back and open. The heart is open. The gaze is to the front and slightly down.
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 and the toes.