Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Yoga Pose for Kids series on Kids Yoga Stories

How to do Downward-Facing Dog Pose

Welcome to the first post in our monthly Kids Love Yoga series!

We will feature a new yoga pose each month and includes pictures of children from around the world practicing the pose.

The most popular page on our site is the list of kids yoga poses, so I thought it would be fun to share pictures of children practicing the various poses every month.

It is inspiring to see that children are natural yogis and physical postures can be practiced anywhere without any preparation.

Once your children have tried Downward-Facing Dog, don’t be surprised if you see them practicing the pose in the most unlikely places!

Join us for this month’s focus on Downward-Facing Dog Pose:

Sanskrit:  Adho Mukha Svanasana

Benefits:      

  • Strengthens the arms and legs.
  • Increases flexibility.
  • Changes perspective by taking you into an inversion.
  • Tames tantrums.
  • Invigorates the body.

You could pretend to be:       

A dog, a bear, a roof, a mountain, a coyote, a sandcastle, or Mayan ruins

Description:       

Start out on all fours.  Spread your fingers and press your palms flat onto the floor.  Lift your buttocks, straighten your legs, and make an upside-down V shape.  Send your heels gently to the ground.  Relax your head and neck and look down between your legs.

Downward-Facing Dog Pose - A Kids Love Yoga series on Kids Yoga Stories

Pictures of children in Downward-Facing Dog Pose from our fellow yogi and blogger friends:

Downward Facing Dog Pose by Kids Play SpaceKids’ Play Space Downward Facing Dog Pose by Stir the WonderStir the Wonder
 Downward Facing Dog Pose by Ask a NannyAsk a Nanny  Downward-Facing Dog

Cris

 Downward Facing Dog by Milk and CuddlesMilk and Cuddles Downward Facing Dog by Jo Owens
Jo O.
 Downward Facing Dog Baby Yoga by Capri 3Capri + 3  Downward Facing Dog Pose by Danya Banya

Danya Banya

 Another Downward Facing Dog by Crystal's Tiny TreasuresCrystal’s Tiny Treasures

 Downward Facing Dog by Crystal's Tiny Treasures

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

 Downward Facing Dog by Le Petit Yogi Le Petit Yogi  Downward Facing Dog by Rene H.Rene H.
 Downward Facing Dog by The Inspired Treehouse

The Inspired Treehouse

 Downward-Facing Dog Pose by Jennifer Tammy

Jennifer T.

 Downward Facing Dog Pose by Kids Yoga StoriesKids Yoga Stories  Downward Facing Dog Poses with family in park by Kids Yoga StoriesKids Yoga Stories
 Downward Facing Dog by Janice

Janice L.

 Downward Facing Dog Pose by Mud Hut Mama

Mud Hut Mama

Downward Facing Dog Pose by I raise my kidsI raise my kids

Downward Facing Dog Pose by I raise my kids
I raise my kids

Downward Facing Dog by The Good Long Road
The Good Long Road

Downward Facing Dog Pose by Multilingual MamaMultilingual Mama

Downward Facing Dog Pose by Adventures of AdamAdventures of Adam

Downward-Facing Dog Pose by Melinda E.

Melinda E.

 

Check out this Downward-Facing Dog Pose video:

 

 

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5 Responses to How to do Downward-Facing Dog Pose

  1. Eeva Beckford May 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    I personally have been so happy to receive these stories. I don´t need to make my own ones any more. I run kid´s yoga games club but once a month we have parents taking part as well and in those times we have yoga with a story and every time the yoga have been different. So who ever makes up the stories, here over the seas in Finland at least we are so happy to have these stories. Thank you!
    Regards from Eeva Beckford, Finland

    • Kids Yoga Stories LLC May 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Thank you, Eeva. How kind of you. I’m so glad that you are enjoying our yoga stories for kids! Do you have pictures of your students in Downward-Facing Dog Pose that you’d like to add to the collection above?!
      Giselle

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