Hamstring and Calf Stretch – Modifying the Downward Facing Dog

Hamstring and Calf Stretch – Modifying the Downward Facing Dog


Here is a regressed version of a downward facing dog to help you get a more functional stretch out of your calves and hamstrings. The downward facing dog is difficult for many people, so this regression will surely give benefit to help build a base into the pose and replenish the tensegrity of the superficial back line!

STRETCH intentionally,
Not habitually,




  1. Lauren March 2, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Same as… Egoscue modified counter stretch or Egoscue modified wall stretch :o)

  2. Kirstin Stokes Smith March 2, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Your modification of downward dog is fantastic, Naudi! Many students force harmful alignment patterns in the floor version of this deceptively difficult pose. Doing the work first on the wall (or focusing solely on doing the wall version) is an excellent way to reap the benefits of this pose. Thanks for posting this video! ~kss

  3. Colleen March 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Perfect. Will get the hubs to play with this.

  4. Romea March 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Naudi – and thanks a lot.
    I like this idea of wall stretch.

    I have a question: do the knees HAVE to be bent or CAN they be bent in case there is not enough flexibility yet?

    Thank you and best wishes!

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