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Summer Shape Up Challenge: Down Dog

Demonstrated by Taylor Nelms

Down Dog – Sit on your heels. Lower your head and stretch your arms forward. Lift the butt into table pose so that only your hands, knees and toes are touching the mat. Press against the mat with your hands and straighten your legs. Let your head hang freely and stretch your legs and waist. Benefits: Down-Dog energizes the body and strengthens the arms, abdomen and legs. Your hands, shoulders, calves and hamstrings will stretch and expand. Tips: You might have trouble opening your shoulders in Down-Dog. If this is the case for you, try using a set of blocks or a small prop to raise your hands off the floor.