Lower stress, increase blood flow, improve your mood… Down Dog!

Yoga is a great way to get your blood flowing, increase body strength and flexibility. Adding a little yoga flow to your morning routine may help you lower your stress levels, increase overall mood, enhance your activities of daily living, and much more.

Downward dog is a beginner poses in yoga and is generally offered with an add on of one-legged down dog.  What are the benefits of downward dog and what does it target in your body?

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Downward Dog:

·      Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, legs, calves, hands, and arches of the feet

·      Strengthens the arms and legs

·      Energizes the whole body

·      Increase blood flow

·      May eliminate stiffness and back pain

·      It is a great pose to assess the whole body to see where you may have tension and where you need to focus your energy

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One-Legged Down Dog:

·      Helps strengthen the arms

·      Stretches the hamstrings

·      Stretches the hip flexors

·      Helps develop balance

·      Increase blood flow

·      Works your core muscles for balance
Take a moment each day to centre in. Stop what you’re doing, relax, focus on your breath, and just breathe. Even for just one minute! A moment of mindfulness can change your mood for the rest of the day. Adding these poses into your day to stretch and assess your body can also play a large role in improving your mood.

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