Teach Downward Dog a new trick
Dynamic transition requires heaps of hip flexor, hamstring, core strength
The dynamic transition from Downward Facing Dog Pose to Low Lunge, in flow styles of yoga, is not an easy one.
It requires heaps of hip flexor, core and hamstring strength, as well as good measure of co-ordination.
Inspired by the 27 dog sculptures that make up the new fountain at Berczy Park in Toronto, this week’s yoga move is based on a simple visualization that may help your Downward Dog learn a new trick.
1. Begin on all fours in Quadruped with your hands set shoulder-distance apart and knees at hip-distance.
2. Rise into Downward Facing Dog by curling your toes under and lifting your hips up and back.
3. Now imagine a puppy has decided to nap right in the centre of your yoga mat.
4. Inhale as you raise the right leg behind you, simultaneously lifting high onto your left toes.
5. As you exhale, step your lifted leg slowly over the imaginary puppy and aspire to land your right foot between your hands.
6. If your foot easily reaches its destination without kicking the imaginary puppy, step back and repeat the process with an invisible medium-sized dog.
Graduate to larger dogs as your practice evolves.
YuMee Chung transitions from Downward Facing Dog to Low Lunge. The move is based on a simple visualization.