We have reached week three of downward-facing dog, and for the next seven days we’ll be showing the legs some attention.
Two issues present here, depending on your body type: Those with plenty of strength but very tight hamstrings will struggle to get their knees straight, and if they try and muscle their way into the pose might find their low back begins to round to compensate for the lack of openness in their legs (see last week’s blog for a lesson on how to resolve this issue).
Super-flexi individuals who find it easy to get their legs straight (and maybe even bring their heels to the mat) might notice that they actually tend to just ‘hang out’ in this pose – locking the knee without properly engaging the quad and hamstring.
The Fix: Aim to find your sweet spot. Feet should be hips-distance apart and the knees should track directly over the toes. Straighten the legs as much as possible while maintaining length in the low back, and try to keep a baby-bend in the knees to ensure the entire leg remains strong and ‘awake.’
For a sneak peek of what’s to come for the rest of September and beyond check out our INfrastructure schedule.