Adho Mukha Svanasana is the Sanskrit name for Downward dog pose. This pose increases blood and oxygen circulation to face and head. It helps to stimulate blood capillaries that supply food to hair follicles. To perform Downward dog pose –
- Start with tabletop position.
- Spread fingers and bring your wrist crease to front of the mat. Place palms on mat.
- Slowly lift hips up and back while placing both feet at back of the mat. Your body should be in V shape.
- Both feet should be hip distance apart and hands at should width distance apart.
- Press elbows towards each other and shoulder blades against back ribs. Rotate biceps forward.
- Squeeze elbows towards each other and lift the armpit.
- Draw your tummy in. Slightly rotate inner thighs back, firm your quadriceps. Press heels towards floor.
- Your neck should be relaxed, and head should be between two shoulders. Gaze towards feet/ankle.
- Hold the post for 5-7 breath.
While performing the pose, you might notice increase in blood flow towards head.
Parvatasana: Or mountain pose is like downward dog. Only the difference is, in this posture feet placed together, and hip pulled up. This pose increases blood and oxygen circulation to capillary blood vessels and nourishes cells.
After downward dog pose or mountain pose move onto fish pose on the floor. Image credit; https://www.pikist.com/free-photo-vkxxq( Free for commercial use)
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 28, 2020