“Downward-Facing Dog helps you elongate your back, hamstrings, and calves,” Crandell says. “It also develops greater strength and conditioning in the arms and shoulders. You’re getting the benefits of a mild inversion since the pelvis is over the heart and the heart is over the brain. Down Dog is an accessible, semi-inverted state that helps you focus your attention.”
This pose is an excellent start to your home practice because it’s a good all-around warming up posture. Hold for 5–10 breaths.