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Single Downward Dog

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Coach's Tips

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How to

Starting Position

1. Make sure to keep your neck in a neutral position by keeping your gaze focused on the floor. 2. Avoid locking your knees and make sure to keep your legs slightly bent. 3. If you feel any discomfort in your wrists, try placing your hands on yoga blocks instead.

Proper Form

1. Inhale and lift your knees away from the floor. 2. Exhale and lift your sitting bones and chest towards the ceiling as you straighten your legs. 3. Press your heels firmly towards the floor and reach your hips up and back. 4. Spread your shoulder blades across your back and draw your belly button towards your spine.

Breathing Technique

1. Begin by taking a few deep breaths in and out through your nose. 2. As you exhale, lift your hips and chest higher and press your heels towards the floor.

Precautions

1. Begin on your hands and knees on an exercise mat. Place your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. 2. Spread your fingers wide and press firmly through your palms and knuckles. 3. Tuck your toes under and press your heels back towards the wall behind you.

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