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Jump Start Your Workout with the Downward Dog Stretch (Exercise 10 of 12)

Downward Dog is a common yoga pose, which begins on your hands and knees.

  1. Put your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  2. Curl your toes under and lift your hips up and back as you straighten your legs (like a mountain).
  3. Press your hands and heels into the floor for stability, and hang your head in a relaxed position.
  4. Hold this pose and take five deep breaths – three seconds in through the nose and three seconds out through the nose.
  5. Return to your hands and knees.
  6. Repeat three times.

Try all 12 Jump Start Daily Dozen videos

Do the Downward Dog Stretch by itself or check out all 12 of the MoveWell® Jump Start Daily Dozen videos presented by HAP.

Each short video features one exercise taught by physical therapist Sherry McLaughlin, who has a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She’s also the president and founder of the Michigan Institute of Human Performance.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.


What makes these videos so great?

  • By training your body to move the right way, you often can get rid of pain.
  • Each move takes no more than two minutes.
  • You don’t need any equipment.
  • Do these moves any place – in your living room or outside.
  • A few moves a day can help you get stronger and be pain-free.
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