Learn 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. In parts one and two, we covered correct alignment of shoulders, arms, hips, legs and feet – this week we move on to the spine.
Correct Alignment of the Spine in Upward Facing Dog
Misalignment: Dumping into the lower back and crunching the neck.
The Fix: Broaden across the collar bones, draw the shoulders back and slide the scapula towards your hips. Firm up the belly to support the pelvis and avoid over-flexion of the lumbar. Keep your neck long and your gaze on the horizon (we practice ‘Forward Facing Dog’ at Yoga 216!)This completes our three-stage guide, ‘How to do Upward Facing Dog.’ Next week we’ll be putting all this information and hard work to use with seven days of flow inspired by the energy of Updog (think heart opening aplenty). See you on the mat…