The Dog Days of Summer!
The summer is at its peak as we deal with heat and humidity. For this reason, August is commonly called the Dog Days of Summer. This is a great time to come into the yoga studio for the Dog Days of Yoga and focus on Downward Facing Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana (Ah-doh MOO-kuh shvan-AHS-uh-nuh).
Downward Facing Dog, or Down Dog is a standing pose and mild inversion that builds strength while stretching the whole body. It’s named after the way dogs naturally stretch their entire bodies! Downward Dog is an essential component of Sun Salutations and is typically performed multiple times during a yoga class.
Practicing Downward Dog will warm, strengthen, and stretch the entire body. You can use it as a transitional pose (between other poses), or as a full-body stretch on its own. Try a few rounds of Downward Dog during your day to increase blood flow and energy while calming your mind!
Regular practice of this pose can improve digestion, relieve back pain, and help prevent osteoporosis. It is also known to be therapeutic for sinusitis, asthma, flat feet, and for the
symptoms of menopause.
Begin on your hands and knees. Align your wrists directly under your shoulders and your
knees directly under your hips. The fold of your wrists should be parallel with the top of your mat.
Spread your fingers wide and press firmly through your palms and knuckles. Distribute your weight evenly across your hands.
Exhale as you tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. Reach your pelvis up toward
the ceiling, then draw your sit bones toward the wall behind you. Gently begin to straighten your legs, without locking your knees. Bring your body into the shape of an"A". Do not walk your feet closer to your hands, keep the extension of your whole body.
Press the floor away from you as you lift through your pelvis. As you lengthen your spine, lift your sit bones up toward the ceiling. Now press down equally through your heels and the palms of your hands.
Align your ears with your upper arms. Relax your head, but do not let it dangle. Gaze between your legs or toward your navel.
Hold for 3-10+ breaths.
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A Helpful Reminder about Communication
We just wanted to extend a friendly reminder about how important communication is when regarding your service appointments. We understand life is busy, and unexpected. If you have something come up that hinders your ability to be on time, or keep the appointment, we expect you to let us know within a respectful window. Our therapists dedicate their time to serve you during a certain time slot, and if you are unable to keep your appointment, we would like to give them the opportunity to serve other clients who may be on the waiting list. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.