Counter Top/Modified Downward Dog Exercise

Counter top

This exercise is a modification of a common Yoga posture called downward dog, but is modified to not place too much pressure on the hands, and to allow for most people to do with less risk. Find a very stable counter top that is at the level you practiced this with your therapist. Start in the plank position and tip your hips back to lengthen your spine, and pause in this position for two breaths, noting that you can do this with a mild stretch and WITHOUT PAIN. Then return to the plank position. Repeat this a few times. Then ALWAYS finish in the plank position and step towards the counter to rise up.