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Downward Facing Dog

This is a restorative pose, meaning during a yoga session, you come back to it frequently to stretch your entire body.

Starting position: Start on your hands and knees. Your knees should be directly under your hips and your hands slightly in front of your shoulders.

Lift: Slowly lift your knees away from the floor and lengthen your tailbone up until your body forms an upside-down V shape.

Stretch: Straighten your knees and either keep your heels slightly lifted or place on the ground depending on your flexibility. Roll your upper arms and upper thighs inward slightly. Firm your shoulder blades together and hold the position for five counts of deep breaths. Either return to start or move onto the next pose in your yoga sequence.

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