Everything You Need To Know About Downward Facing (Bull) Dog

You can’t go to yoga and not bump into to this guy. He’s everywhere. Repeatedly. For a long time and then a short time. Sometimes you get sick of it, other times you don’t mind standing there with your head between your arms and every now and then you want to chop your shoulders off and leave them in the room afterwards. I think most people have a love/hate relationship to this pose, so I figured I wanted to know a little more about it. Why is it so necessary standing with your ass up in the air, heels on the ground and head down again and again?

Some of the benefits of the (hot) dog are;

  • it calms the brain, helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • it energises the body, so good against fatigue
  • improves digestion
  • stretches the shoulder, hamstrings (I have noticed!), calves and hands
  • strengthens the shoulders, arms and legs
  • it is therapeutic for high blood pressure
  • good for asthma
  • helps prevent osteoporosis
  • relieves headaches (need to remember this for next time that happens to check!)
  • helps against insomnia (does that mean I should get up and try or is it just general?)
  • helps relieve back pain
  • could fix your flat feet
  • relieves menstrual discomfort and symptoms of menopause
  • you can do it anytime and anywhere, like when you are waiting for the bus
Picture from here

And it looks like this! Almost… (Picture from here)

Ok, a little more like this

Ok, a little more like this

Did I miss any? It seems I need to work on my love for the Downward Dog, because it’s pretty good for me. I did my Day 4 of the Yoga Challenge today. Another class at Barre Body. The 6:30AM classes aren’t in particularly popular, we were only 4 people plus the instructor. Gives you plenty of space to stretch out – and I needed a good stretch today! Pretty tight and sore from the last few days! Tomorrow I am mixing it up with a Power Flow class, hopefully that will help warm up my sore muscles! What is your plan for your Something Every Day today? Please do share! Remember a little something every day adds up to a massive change in a year! Just do it!

When I got home from yoga my street had turned into a massive breakfast table for these little guys and I just had to take some pictures Kookatoo kooka2 Kooka3 Kooka4 Kooka5 Kooka6 Kooka7

Guess this guy won't be to happy when he sees his car....

Guess this guy won’t be to happy when he sees his car….

Stop and smell the roses – or stop to watch the birds. And breathe. Have a great, healthy, happy, calm and energetic Tuesday!

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4 Responses to Everything You Need To Know About Downward Facing (Bull) Dog

  1. Jolene says:

    those leaves are pretty…

    i just started doing yoga in the last two months and i have to say i agree with you, i have a love/hate relationship with downward dog. i couldn’t come anywhere near close to getting into that position at the beginning, and then it got easier, and sometimes i am happy to get into that position because it is a little bit of relief from harder positions. good to know all the reasons to keep at it 🙂

  2. ronjet says:

    Maybe I went overboard on my ronjet blog last week describing the wildlife on my yoga and tai chi adventures. But you took photos! I have to think of the possibilities. (Taking photos during tai chi wasn’t mentioned in the class etiquette handout, but cell phones must be off.) Love your posts.

    • LOL, I am sure if you do no flash you’ll be ok 🙂

      How beautiful are these birds though?! I love them!! 🙂 And thank you so much, I hope you enjoy all of my posts, did you read the one on hugs yesterday? 🙂 xo

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