Making variations to your regular yoga poses can be quite challenging. However sometimes it really only requires a simple move to get more health benefits out of a typical pose. Downward Dog is a common yoga pose but to get a little bit more stretch, try the Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana Variation. You can get a deeper stretch as well as strength building, increased blood flow and relief from stress, headaches and back pain.
How to get into this pose:
Inhale, come down to downward facing dog, the body should be a straight inverted V and your wrists should be parallel with the top edge of your mat. Stretch your elbows and relax your upper back.
Exhale and lift your left hand and reach it beneath your torso and around to your right ankle (or calves if your hamstrings are tight)
Turn your head to look underneath your right arm. Try to look upwards to the ceilling.
Hold for at least 5 breaths and then release, un-twist and return your left hand to the mat.
Repeat by going back to downward dog and do the same sequence for the other arm.