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Shoulder Cue

When you’re upside down, your shoulders are now your hips. Hips are stable, so the shoulders have to become incredibly rock solid. That’s where you come in. Insert your shoulder blades in the sockets firmly. It’s as if you’ve got the shoulder sockets lined with Super Glue, and the scapula can’t move. Try this in Downward Facing Dog Pose First.

Downward Facing Dog Pose
Strong-ass shoulders. Holly Brubach demonstrating a well-aligned Adho Mukha Svanasana

When you are upside down, your arms are your legs. Stabilize those guys too, wrapping muscles around bones without locking your elbow joints.

When upside down, your hands are now your feet. Can you imagine what would happen if we put the majority of our body weight on our heels as we are prone to do with our hands? It would be a shit-show. Press firmly into each fingertip bed and the webbing between the thumb and index finger. Try relaxing everything for a sec, and then move right back into the engagement.

Try this dream sequence┬áthat allows you to show off your new and improved Down Dog. You’ll love it!