1. down ward dog – intense tightness in hamstrings, blood flow to head, open of chest, clear head and better breathing, heart rate increased.
1. The first Downward Dog Pose brings on many sensations the the body and mind. The pose opens up the back of the legs because it stretches out widens the hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendons, by bringing the heels to floor or ‘walking out the dog.’ This stretch feel good as it relieves tension and stretches out or release the muscles.
It releases the head and neck and helps to relive tension.This feels very freeing. it is an inversion pose as your heart is elevated over your head. This can feel warm and fuzzy as the blood flows to your head.
It increases the blood flow and circulation to the head and through the body.
It strengthens the hands, wrists and fingers as it is a weight-bearing pose. This can be strong in the wrists.
The pose also strengthens the upper body muscles in the arms, upper back and shoulders. It feels like a tension reliever.
Downward Dog also elongates and realigns the spine which can feel like a release.
2. Yes, definitely!
Downdog for me helps me feel balanced and grounded. My focus leaves my every day thoughts and I am better able to relax.
Physically I focus on my leg strength, which in turn helps me feel grounded and take the pressure of my wrists and shoulders. My core strength helps to relax and realign my spine and my blood flow to my head and neck improve.
I am careful to count 5 steady slow breaths.
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