This is Downward Dog with a detox twist, literally: Revolved Downward-Facing Dog, also known as Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana. As energising and rejuvenating as its famous cousin, this asana also has the added benefits of stretching the ribcage and abdominal obliques, and bringing a deeper stretch to the hamstrings. The ‘twist’ part also tones and massages your internal, stimulating detox, metabolism and digestion. Don’t believe us? Try doing this after a rich meal. Your digestion will thank you.
But that’s what also makes this pose perfect in spring, a time of awakening from the stupor of winter and detoxing and re-energising the body. Start in Downward-Facing Dog and press through the palms and ankles, fingers spread wide, weight distributed evenly between the both hands. Inhale, bring your left hand to the outside of your right ankle, allowing your torso to open to the right. If you can’t reach the ankle, rest your hand on the outside of your right shin or upper thigh.
Relax the neck and take the gaze under the right side of the body. Hold for 5-10 breaths. Exhale. Inhale and twist back to Downward-Facing Dog. Repeat on the other side and enjoy.