How to do Upward Facing Dog – that’s our focus this month at Yoga 216. It’s often one of the first poses practitioners learn, but as yoga teachers it’s one we often see done incorrectly.
Correct Alignment of Shoulders, Arms and Hands in Upward Facing Dog
Misalignment: Shoulders coming forward of wrists, inward rotation of arm bones, collapse of shoulders and crunching into the neck.
The Fix: Press firmly through your whole palm, straighten your arms and hug elbows into your ribs (but be careful not to lock the joint) to lift you off the mat. Keep shoulders stacked over wrists and slide shoulder blades down your back, broadening across the chest. Keep your neck lovely and long and your gaze on the horizon (we practice ‘Forward-Facing Dog’ at 216!)
So there you have it – How to do upward facing dog part one. Stay tuned for parts two and three over the coming weeks.