Up & Down Dog Days

It's the middle of August already?! Which means September - September! - is just a few weeks away. Typically August means the "dog days of summer", as in the hottest and most sultry. Interestingly, the name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, the "Dog Star", caused the hot weather due to its proximity to the sun this time of year. Anyhow, we don't get many dog days here in Montana (thankfully, I might add. I am not a summer person). In fact, I was just checking the weather for our last Cowgirl Yoga Ranch Camp of the season this weekend, and it looks like it's going to feel more like fall. Even so, I'd like to honor the dog days with an easy way to get a quick yoga fix with - you guessed it - up dog and down dog.

This simple vinyasa is very effective at working out quite a few kinks. It gets your heart pumping and breath flowing quickly. It's perfect on its own as an energizer, or as a warm-up for other activities.

The How-to:
This photo of me in up dog was taken in Paradise Valley last week; those are the Absaroka mountains in the background. You can see more from my fave yoga photog Larry Stanley on his Facebook page - become a fan if you like Montana eye candy!

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