Downward-Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Shvanasana

Downward-Facing Dog is one of the most easily recognised yoga poses. It is practiced many times during yoga classes. Downward-dog is a mild inversion and forward bend. It is both a transition pose and a resting pose. It is a great strengthening pose for shoulders, arms and back, and it elongates and releases the spine, stretches hamstrings, and calves. The Sanskrit name of this pose, Adho Mukha Shvanasana, comes from the words adhas: 'down', mukha: 'face', svana: 'dog', and asana: 'posture'.