Downward Facing Dog Tutorial: Yoga for Beginners

Despite being one of the most foundational yoga poses, not to mention a pose that you’ll do multiple times in almost any yoga class, downward dog is not exactly an “easy” posture. For a lot of people, especially those who are just starting out in yoga, downward dog can be particularly taxing on the arms, shoulders, and hamstrings. Here are a few alignment tips you can try out to help make your downward facing dog feel a bit more inviting.

On My Bookshelf: Eastern Body, Western Mind

One of my absolute favorite parts about yoga teacher training (and there are many) was learning about and discussing the chakra system. After our first chakra discussion, my teacher recommended the book Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. I was so excited about the chakras and hungry to learn more that I’m pretty sure I bought the book that same night.