Sunday, June 26, 2011
Why not try a supported version of the pose? You just need a belt and a column to tie yourself to, and you can get a great stretch for your hamstrings, calves, and spine without putting any weight through your wrists at all. This supported version is fabulous even if you can manage a five minute down dog with ease. I had forgotten about it until recently when I saw a spate of people with bent up legs and crooked spines, then saw a few people with hand injuries who could not put weight through their arms at all.
Check out the video below to see how to support your dog. A word of caution: make sure you are securely tied or you are going to face plant. If you don't have a belt then use a non-elastic sarong or scarf. As always, stay there, relax and breathe. For those of us who have had a long day at the office, a long day of looking after children, a long day of shopping or walking in high heels, or even just a normal, easy-going day, this pose is sure to top it off and leave you feeling longer, calmer, and refreshed. Have fun!