There are about a 100 ways to do a downdog and doing one position a certain way doesn’t negate another, doesn’t make the others wrong or bad.
In fact, there is no pose that is inherently bad for you. Rather it’s whether it serves you at this point of time in your life.
Each person is a complex, dynamic organism compromised of numerous subsystems, past experiences, emotions, relationships, beliefs, and an extremely sophisticated nervous system.
And we all move through the seasons of life.
Not every pose is going to be accessible or as important to us when we age or change.
I don’t teach resting pigeon / extended puppy pose as much as I used to anymore not because the pose is inherently bad but most of my students who are regular have either been practicing for many years or are naturally hypermobile. Stability of our hip and shoulder joint is therefore encouraged.
It’s more fruitful to ask yourself whether the LOAD is good for your body right now.
Any pose or movement can be injurious with high enough load as compared to low load positions visited frequently that allow your bodies more opportunities to adapt through the tissues.
Furthermore, beyond load when we move, we want to think about INTENTION.
What are you trying achieve in a sequence? Are you working on a specific area of the body, are you inviting students to feel something?
In your downdog, do you want to feel the back of the legs or do you want to want them
Efficient movement is well thought out and targeted - when the pose is aligned with the intention which of course corresponds to a person’s needs.
There are no inherently bad poses or movements. Just different bodies so pay attention to needs and intentions instead. #thegreatproppractice