Yoga Pose of the Week: Three-Legged Downward Dog (Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose is also called One-Legged Dog or Downward Facing Dog Split
I like to get into this pose by starting off in Downward Facing Dog. If I am going to send my right leg up, I first step my left foot into the center of the mat about 2-3 inches. I firmly plant into that bottom foot and then lift my right leg up, keeping my hips squared to the mat.
**Remember to keep an equal amount of weight on BOTH hands and square your shoulders to the mat!
-Quiets the mind
-Strengthens the arms, upper body, and shoulders
-Stretches the hamstrings and hip flexors and the entire body
-Opens up the hips and ribs
-Develops confidence in balance