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Precautions Downward facing dog pose

In its ideal form the Downward-Facing Dog assumes the shape of an Inverted V position, resembling the shape of a dog when stretching after lying down, with only the hands and the feet touching the floor.
It is one of the most essential postures in yoga practice, stretching and rejuvenating the entire body from the feet all the way up to the hips and down through the wrists and hands. Because the head is lower than the pelvis this pose is often classified as an inversion posture.

Holding this pose for a minute or longer will stimulate and restore energy levels when you are tired. Regular practice of this yoga posture will gently stimulate the nervous system, improving memory and concentration.

The Downward-Facing Dog yoga posture is highly to be praised for so many benefits. However, there are some health conditions where this posture should not be practiced.

Three important reasons (out of many) not to do Downward-Facing Dog:

1) Do not practice this yoga posture if you have carpel tunnel syndrome.

(Carpel tunnel syndrome: It is compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. The disease typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers and is often particularly troublesome at night).

2) Avoid this posture in late-term pregnancy.

3) If you are suffering from a recent or chronic injury to the back, hips, arms or shoulders do not attempt this yoga posture.

Caution: Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns regarding the suitability of this pose for you.