Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Dog Posture
by Gargi Harjai November 29, 2021
One of the most recognized and popular poses of Hatha yoga is downward facing dog posture or Adho Mukha Svanasana ( Sanskrit name).The asana comes from the way a dog stretches while getting up. According to its Sanskrit name, Adhas means down, Mukha meaning face, Svana meaning dog. Thus, the name, downward facing dog is widely recognized all over the world.This asana is done in every yoga session during “Surya-namaskar” as the posture no. 4 and no. 7 out of a total of ten postures. It is an inversion asana where the hamstrings and calves’ muscles are given a great stretch. It also builds strength in shoulders and rejuvenates the body overall.This pose is popular because of its many health benefits and it is particularly recognized by women as one of the most beneficial poses.Some of the benefits that females observed after regularly performing this asana are listed below-- It can make hair stronger and healthier. When done regularly blood flow increases and goes towards your head, which can eventually lead to supplying the essential nutrients to your hair.- It can help you fight digestive problems, reduce bloating and reduce gas or acidity.- One can also observe better skin and a glowing face after doing this asana regularly. Due to increased blood supply, skin improves and reduces wrinkles.- It helps you strengthen your upper body and increase muscles, while toning the fat.- It also helps you lower your back pain while giving your back a good stretch.
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