As a yoga teacher and avid runner, Downward-Facing Dog is Val Minos's go-to pose. "It provides length and flexibility in the back of the legs and through the spine," she said, while relieving tension between your shoulder blades. It's also an inversion, which Val said helps to clear and energize her mind and body.
- Come onto your hands and knees with your wrists underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips.
- Inhale as you tuck your toes under your heels. Then exhale to lift your hips, coming into the classic upside-down "V" shape called Downward-Facing Dog.
- Spread your fingers wide and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels toward the ground. Relax your head between your arms, and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button.
- Hold for 30 seconds.