Boost Your Confidence In This Quick 3-Step Training On Downward Dog
by Landon Slaughter - Certified Yoga Instructor | Sept. 30, 2020 | Trainings
If you can't spot all of the things that are drastically wrong with the image above then keep reading...
Here are 3 things you can do right now to help find more confidence in your yoga practice - just by cleaning up your downward facing dog.
Watch This Exclusive Video
I've pulled this video from the Yoga Success Roadmap to best explain this posture.
It's not your fault if you feel a bit confused by this pose. This is a posture that can actually take months of practice to get right...
In this video you'll learn:
- Why tight legs prevent 99% of people from finding "proper" alignment.
- Forget about feeling the stretch in your legs! Do this instead.
- Why, "getting your heels to touch" isn't a good goal to have.
Seek Comfort Over Perfection
Granted the above video goes over A LOT of details, but don't let that concern you...
Gaining more confidence in yoga means being comfortable in your own skin. As long as you have the basics down, you'll be just fine.
You're not going to master this pose (or any other for that matter) in only 20 minutes. The beauty of doing yoga is that you slowly gain more and more body awareness over time. That body awareness is what helps to boost your confidence and helps you feel better and better after each yoga session.
This is why aiming to "find the feeling in your back" liked I discussed in the above video is so important...
Zero-in on how a pose should "feel" rather than looks or "perfection". This will open up your body to a more comfortable practice because you're aligning with where your body says it should be. Just let the feeling guide you.
Understanding The Whole Picture
Downward Dog is a wonderful starting point, but it's not the whole picture.
There are actually 3 key elements that will help boost your confidence so you can feel amazing after every time you do yoga.
Those 3 elements are:
- Class fundamentals & structure so you don't feel lost or confused
- Alignment so you don't end up injuring yourself
- And... how to properly breathe so you effortlessly tap into deeper levels of relaxation and overall energy.
Normally, you'd have to go to dozens of yoga classes just to establish this foundation that many intermediate and advanced students have...
If you're a beginner and would like to learn more about speeding up this learning curve, then take a look at the Yoga Success Roadmap here. I've shortened things down to a simple 2 week course that will easily put you MONTHS ahead of other beginners.