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I love the yoga position called Down Dog

But it is not a forward-leaning inversion!

 

Down Dog in Yoga is good for lengthening hamstrings and opening shoulders when done correctly

Down Dog in Yoga is good for lengthening hamstrings and opening shoulders when done correctly. Knees can also be bent.  Down Dog offers a different set of benefits than Forward Leaning Inversion.

Downward Dog and the Forward-Leaning Inversion accomplish different things. Both are good.

We have anecdotal evidence that Forward-Leaning Inversion is better for releasing torsion in the utero-sacro ligament when the uterus hangs freely from this posterior ligament.

Down Dog may not let the uterus hang freely, a requirement for the stretch receptors in the various cervical ligaments to activate.

Do Down Dog for happiness, to add length in the hamstrings for more pelvic flexibility, but do Forward-Leaning Inversion to make room in the uterus for baby to position well.

Down Dog just doesn’t seem specific to fetal repositioning. If you see a pattern that Down Dog is helping fetal position, share it. We all want to know!