Yes I am still writing my blog on Christmas Day! If I don’t, then tomorrow will be even harder to write it. I hope everyone is enjoying their day and celebrating with family and friends. I stayed over at my moms house last night with my dog. Needless to say, my dog and her dog love to fight. Last night they were both perfect and today it’s been fight after fight.
Ironically today’s pose is downward facing dog. In this pose, it is also a fight. A fight to keep the shoulders rolled outward and head between the arms. A fight to press the heels back toward the floor and the sit bones lifted into the air. I have learned to find much comfort in this pose. This is a resting pose for me now. After practicing a lot of core work, I press myself back into down dog and find peace.
Today’s pose: adho mukha svanasana- downward facing dog pose-start off on your hands and knees and lift your sit bones up into the air. Legs should be straight but not locked. Keep the belly tucked into the ribs. Externally rotate the shoulders bringing the head between the arms. Send your tail toward your heels. Come forward to plank (top of a push up) and then press back into your dog without moving your hands or feet. Then you know your dog is in the right spot. Stay here for many breaths if you would like peddling the feet if you would like.
What this pose works: gastrocnemius, hamstrings, gluteus Maximus, latissimus dorsi, deltoid, quadriceps, serratus anterior, triceps brachii, and the intrinsic foot muscles.