Do you hate Downward Dog?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Ryansgirl:  I don’t hate downward dog but your story is hilarious! 🙂  I would try to help but I don’t do downward dog correct either.  My legs are not flexible enough to get my heels towards the floor.  🙁

Post # 4
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014


I hate downward dog, too! My wrists hurt, too!

Someone please, help us!

Post # 5
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Ryansgirl:  LOL, I’d be laughing too.

Post # 6
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I hate downward dog, and I’m not doing it wrong. My instructor says I have weak wrists, and it’s true. My wrists measure 4.5 inches around, and while I understand that there are wrist strengthening positions, I really don’t see how they would benefit my baby wrists.

Post # 7
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

I would not like to do it in front of others. I suspect too many people are perverts, lol, and I also don’t want to see anyone else in that position.

I do it for like a few seconds as one of my morning stretches, before I get out of bed. It’s good that way…

Yeah… I’m not really a huge yoga junkie. I have taken classes, and frankly, the queefs. THE QUEEFS. And I’ve queefed myself. Oh no, it’s just no good. I prefer cardio, and I prefer to do it at home!


Post # 8
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I personally love it, but if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort the instrustor should be able to help you modify it. Ask before class if there’s a way you could do the stretch (or a variation) without being uncomfortable. 

As a sidenote: I used to end up in a yoga class, EVERY DAY, with a man who not only sweat uncontrollably but farted throughout the class. I stopped going at that time to avoid him.


Post # 9
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s too funny!

I enjoy the stretch I get from that pose, but I danced for 20 years so I’m freakishly flexible.  A good stretch to pull the muscles and tendons in the rear of the legs is to sit up straight on the floor with your legs out straight in front of you and together and just gently point and then flex your feet.  Hold the flex, but NEVER “bounce” while stretching.  A standing pose for those muscle groups is standing in front of a wall, both arms out and pushing the wall, keeping one leg back straight, and the other leg with the knee bend in a half lunge position and concentrate on gently stretching that back leg by keeping your heel on the floor.  Reps of these will help drop those heels to the floor in downward dog.  Once that pose feels comfortable, you can move into doing shoulder presses while in the downward dog pose which will give you KILLER shoulders! 🙂

Post # 10
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ryansgirl:  make sure you are putting most of your weight on your legs. A common mistake is to rely on your arms too much in downward dog. Ask you yoga instructer to get a belt and ‘shift’ you at the hips. 🙂 


Post # 11
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012



@futuremrsk18:  To help alleviate some of the pressure on your wrist, try not pressing down on your palms as much.  Spread your fingers WIIIIIDE, press into the “L” in each hand, and actually press your fingertips into the mat, as though you’re clawing into the earth.  It helps to more evenly distribute the weight through your whole hand, not just the palm & wrists.


I love down dog, but when I get sweaty I slide a little bit & I’m terrified my hands will slip out from under me & I’ll crash my face on the mat!  I use a towel, but it’s only marginally helpful if I get a little sweaty.


Also, the whole point of yoga is to work your core, which you do by trying very, very hard to hold a fart in during every single pose.  Just kidding, but not really 😛



ETA- Also, when in down dog, it’s not just an upside down V, you’re supposed to actually lift your tailbone and rotate it towards the ceiling, and open your chest towards your knees.  It feels strange on the shoulders at first, but when you get used to the position, it feels much better.

Post # 12
1162 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love downward dog! It’s feels like a resting place to me, but it really felt better once I built my core up.

Try doing 30 second intervals of plank position, then converting into a downward dog for 30 seconds. Do this for 2 minutes. Suddenly, downward dog won’t seem so bad 🙂

Post # 13
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Definitely keep the weight towards your legs and tilt your tailbone towards the ceiling.  I have weak wrists and this helps SO much.  I don’t really hate downward facing dog, but I do hate chair. It’s just too much work keeping everything in line, but like everything else it’s good for my body so I put up with it 🙂  Also if you haven’t tried hot yoga it might help losen your legs up enough that you’re comfortable!

Post # 14
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I hate it too! It’s my least favourite position.

Post # 15
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lizardloo:  I hate chair too!  I had a hard time getting my lower back to arch, but then I was told to TUCK my tailbone- it made it easier but it’s still an awkward position for me.

Post # 16
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If your wrists hurt while doing anything in yoga, pretty much – you are doing it incorrectly. Ask the instructor to watch you and see if there’s anything to tweak – sometimes a really small change can completely erase the pain!

I love downward dog. It’s a “oh thank god that last really hard move is over and I get to only do this!” move for me, haha.

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