- Inverted poses are extremely important because they reverse the action of gravity on the body and get the blood and lymph flowing in opposite directions.
- Takes pressure off the heart, which has to work less to get blood flowing to the brain.
- Strengthens and tones the arms and legs
- Because of the weight bearing nature of the posture on the arms and legs it helps strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis.
- Lengthens and straightens the spine, helping to relieve pain in the upper, middle and lower back.
- The body gets a 360-degree stretch in just one pose.
- Although this pose is technically a resting pose, it strengthens the muscles in your arms, shoulders, sides, chest and upper back, while stretching the muscles in your ankles, calves, thighs and lower back.
- The compression of the stomach and the intestines experienced while practicing Downward Dog, helps to improve digestion,
- This pose can alleviate the symptoms of menopause, and when practicing the supported variation of Downward Dog, can help relieve menstrual discomfort.
- On an emotional level downward facing dog helps turn everything on its head and helps us see things from a different angle.
- It helps boost self-confidence
- If you are feeling anxious, sad or upset, relaxing into Downward Dog can help calm your mind while alleviating mild depression and stress.
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