Downward Facing Dog - Yoga Tutorial for Beginners
Downward-facing Dog (Sanskit "Adho Mukha Svanasana") is one of the most fundamental and widely taught forward-bending postures in Hatha Yoga. Colleen guides beginners through this posture in a step-by-step manner, allowing them to gradually work up to the full pose as their bodies allow. If done properly, this posture provides the following benefits: Strengthens hands, wrists, lower back, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendon; Improves respiration and circulation; Eases back pain by strengthening the back and shoulders; Decreases anxiety, tension and headaches by lengthening the cervical spine and neck and relaxing the head.
This is one in a series of tutorials that will provide the student with the basics required for learning Yoga postures at their own pace, guide them in achieving the benefits, and prepare them for participation in more advanced yoga classes.
A Certified Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of experience, Colleen Boveri came to yoga in 1991 after an auto accident left her with lingering discomfort in her neck and spine. After trying several teachers she finally found one that not only helped with the pain, but also changed the way she thought and lived. She has devoted her life to studying and learning ways to help individuals heal and live a more productive life. Her students enjoy her balanced and non-intimidating approach to teaching Hatha Yoga and her desire to make yoga accessible to all people.