Yoga Foundations: One-Legged Downward Dog
One-legged downward dog pose provides many benefits to various parts of the body. It adds space in the spine and torso for better organ function, strengthens the arms, and improves core stability while stretching the hamstrings and hip flexors.
It also relaxes and increases blood flow to the brain.
How to do One-Legged Downward Dog
Start on your hands and knees. Push up into downward dog, pressing the palms of the hands and heels into the ground. Stay here for a few deep breaths to center yourself.
When ready, lift the right heel into the air behind you. Keep the hips squared to the ground. Gaze directly below you, with the neck in line with the spine. Press the chest down for a good stretch.
Hole the pose for 3-5 breaths, then switch legs and repeat.