From the Yoga Mat…
“Contentment is finding your place,
and then remaining there undisturbed.”
More often than not, we yoga practitioners struggle with being still in a posture and Downward Facing Dog is one of those poses that we often find difficulty remaining still in. If you have practiced Downward Facing Dog before, ask yourself when the last time was that you held this posture for three minutes, maybe longer, without moving?
When I first started to practice Downward Facing Dog, I absolutely hated it. No really! I just wanted to get to the next pose because the stretch in my hamstrings was not something I liked to confront.
Over the coming years, though, I began to develop a liking and eventually a love for this pose. After one particular class where the teacher made us hold this pose repeatedly during his long discourses, I could feel my inner costal muscles and the intense effort and strength they were putting forward. After practicing yoga for so many years, I had never before felt this sensation.
Downward Facing Dog is a great pose to build strength and cultivate not just inner stamina, but a feel of indomitable will. Start by holding the pose for one minute, eventually working towards longer periods, like three and four minutes. Remember to use your zen timer!