Pose of the Month – June – by Emma Després

Adho Mukha Svanasana

June is my birthday month and as a true Cancerian, I am very much home loving. After a busy few months of travel, I am really looking forward to spending much of this month at home (aside from a pilgrimage to Stonehenge for sunrise on the summer solstice!) to nurture, renew and enjoy this light filled time of year. 

This month for me downward facing dog is a marvellous pose to practice as it feels a little like “coming home”. A foundation yoga pose, this posture is practiced frequently in the style of yoga I love to practice and indeed teach, and it does feel a little like I have come home when I practice it because it is so familiar to me. It is an incredible pose as it offers so any benefits and I would recommend we practice this pose every day if we can.

Adho Mukha Svanasana


  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression;
  • Energizes the body;
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands;
  • Strengthens the arms and legs;
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menstruation,
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported;
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis;
  • Improves digestion;
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue;
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis.


  • Carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • Diarrhoea;

Photography by Nick Despres, please see www.nickdespres.com

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