Important: This Is the Right Way to Do Downward Dog

Amy Lawrenson

Downward-facing dog is a key yoga pose. During many classes, it's the posture you come back to time and again, whether it's during a sun salutation or as a way to reset. In fact, it's meant to be a resting pose; however, for many, especially beginners, it can feel anything but restful. Shona Vertue, yoga teacher extraordinaire, has set up School of Yoga to help you correct some of the common mistakes with common yoga poses. First is downward-facing dog because Vertue wants you to "own [it] like a boss." In this short video, Vertue reveals three of the most common issues with the pose: rib flare, a rounded lower back and hyperextending joints, and how to correct them in quick time. 

Keep scrolling to watch the witty and informative short how-to video.

Next up, familiarize yourself with all the beauty benefits of yoga. (Spoiler: It's actually pretty amazing for your skin.)

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