Exercise

Downward Dog

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shares a stretch for your hamstrings and calves.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. To prepare, set up on all fours, with your hands and knees on the floor, hands under shoulders and knees under hips, toes tucked under at the back and your spine in a neutral position.
  2. On a deep exhale, press your hips toward the ceiling to form an inverted V-shape. Your back is straight with the front ribs tucked in. Your arms and legs are straight with your heels reaching to the floor. Spread your fingers and toes wide apart to increase your base of support.
  3. Sustain this position as you breathe deeply and freely.

Tips

This traditional yoga pose integrates the entire body and builds strength throughout. In addition to its many physical benefits, it is also said to relieve fatigue and rejuvenate the body, improve the immune system, aid digestion, calm the mind and lift the spirits.

Stretch out your whole body with the be. Stretching Guide.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

Charissa Fermelis is a physiotherapist, Pilates practitioner and dance medicine expert who consults in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. charissafermelis.com

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