Advanced Yoga Poses : Yoga One Legged Downward Dog Pose

Advanced Yoga Poses : Yoga One Legged Downward Dog Pose


One legged downward dog is a intermediate
version of downward dog, so instead of having the stability of both feet on the floor, were
going to activate a ham string stretch in the supporting leg and extend the opposite
leg in the air. Just as downward dog, come down with your hands underneath your shoulders
and, curl your toes and, come up with those hips up towards the ceiling, keep breathing
inhale and exhale as you relax into the pose with your heels towards the mat, hips towards
the ceiling, upper thigh towards the chest, breathing, relaxing the head, just let it
fall in between the arms. And then you’re going to take one foot and you’re going to
point it up towards the ceiling and, we call this hip opener on the extended leg, relaxing
the elbows, because you’re releasing hip flexers, and on that supporting leg, you want a press
through the hew, activate that ham string, activate that quad and, release back to downward
dog position, begin heel, exhale, come up hip opener in the opposite extended leg, opposite
leg heel towards the floor, knees slightly bent, active ham string, active quad and,
release, bend your knees, and come back to a neutral position. On beginning you want
to make sure you keep slight bending the knee, and you make not come to full inversion, you
can just try to start with one legged plank, and the more advanced you get, the more you’ll
be able to extend that opposite leg into the air and press your heel to the floor and straighten
for more of a ham string challenge for the one legged downward dog.