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Down with the dog
Posted May 23 2011 10:41am
By Carol Harblin (CHHC)
Yoga has been touted as a beneficial exercise that allows our bodies to be more flexible and have more longevity.
One yoga pose that is quite known is the "downward-facing dog." In sanskrit, it is "Adhomukha Svanasana."
We all have posed in this way if we have gone to a yoga class even once. But do you know what that one pose offers our health?
The downward-facing dog reduces stiffness in our shoulders and in our shoulder joints.
It relieves pain in our feet and the heels of the feet as well.
For menopausal women, it helps relieve hot flashes too!!
This pose is also very good for women who have heavy menstrual flow too.
Slows the heart beat
When this pose is held for one-minute, it helps to replenish our energy as well as our nervous system.
There are a few precautions to take with this pose however.....
those with high blood pressure should prop their heads on a small pillow.
Also....even though this is a wonderful pose for those in heavy menstrual bleeding or in menopause, it is not encouraged to do when a woman is pregnant.
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