Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), and related poses such as Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (One-Legged Downward Facing Dog), Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana + Open Hip, Anahatasana (Melting Heart) and Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

AH-do MOO-kuh shvah-NAWS-ana

“adho” = down

“mukha” = face

“svan” = dog

“eka” = one

“pada” = foot or leg

Downward Facing Dog Pose

One-Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose


Melting Heart Pose

Uttana Shishosana

Extended Puppy Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Spinal Extension
  • Mild Inversion


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