Let’s Talk Poses: How To Practice Puppy Pose

Let’s Talk Poses: How To Practice Puppy Pose
Puppy pose is a relaxing backbend and heart melter, that is a cross between downward facing dog and child’s pose.⠀

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  • Start out on your hands and knees in tabletop with shoulders stacked over wrists and hips stacked over knees. 
  • The tops of your feet should be flat down on the mat. With arms shoulder width distance apart, walk your hands forward and begin lowering your chest down toward the ground.
  • Keep hips lifted over your knees.⠀
  • If it feels good for your body, lower your forehead to the mat. You can deepen the stretch for your shoulders by coming up onto your chin and looking forward.
  • Make sure this version doesn’t cause any strain for the neck or shoulders. If it does, ease up.
  • Activate your arms by pressing your palms down into the mat and lifting elbows and forearms up off the ground. 
  • Draw your shoulder blades towards each other and extend hips up toward the sky. Allow your neck be loose and relaxed.
  • Hold the pose for five to ten breaths, then slowly lift your head up and begin walking your hands back to tabletop position.

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