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How to do Downward Facing Dog in Yoga

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Why do I need to put weight through the 'L's of my hands' in Downward Facing Dog?

  • Most people tend to naturally put weight in the outside of the hand, which strains the wrist. Spreading the weight through all 5 fingers helps reduce pain & wears/tears.

  • The upper arms/shoulders are externally rotated in this pose; to do this we need to activate the front of the chest and shoulder blades. This is done by grounding the L's of the hand.

  • The forearm should be internally rotating which is hard when the thumb isn't grounding.

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