Blog-26 – Adho Mukha Svanasana

Healthy Women…

Here we are, with the second asana to relieve few menstrual concerns of women.

Adho Mukha Svanasana:

The name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘adhas’ = ‘down’, ‘mukha’ = ‘face’, ‘svana’ = ‘dog’, and ‘asana’ = ‘posture’, i.e. downward facing dog pose.

Adho mukha svanasana is a part of the Surya namaskara series. While performing this asana, it activates numerous chakras. The asana has amazing benefits and is suggested to perform on a daily basis.

How does it help?

  1. It strengthens your abdominal muscles
  2. It improves the blood circulation
  3. It improves your digestion
  4. It helps to reduce anxiety
  5. It stretches and tones your spinal column
  6. It stimulates the mental functions, improves memory
  7. It also relieves certain headaches
  8. It improves your eyesight and hearing
  9. It helps relieve symptoms of menopause and also menstrual discomfort.

How to do the asana?

  1. Stand in Tadasana, the mountain pose.
  2. Inhale and raise your hands, exhale and bend forward, to form the Uttanasana pose.
  3. Touch your hands to the ground.
  4. From the Uttanasana pose, move your legs back one at a time.
  5. The pose should resemble inverted ‘V’.
  6. Stretch to make sure your forehead touches the ground.
  7. Bring your legs forward, to the Uttanasana pose.
  8. Inhale and raise your hands, exhale and come to the Tadasana pose.

Who should avoid the asana?

  1. Anyone suffering from diarrhea.
  2. Anyone who has high blood pressure.
  3. Anyone with a dislocated shoulder or suffering from back pain.


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