The downward facing dog pose is probably the first yoga pose you will encounter in most yoga classes. I was astonished to learn in my yoga teacher training that after many years of practicing yoga, I had been approaching downward facing dog all wrong. My arms were not properly rotated, my hands were not completely flat against the mat, and my tailbone was lax – as if it didn’t have a major role to play in getting into this shape. Because this pose is so commonly practiced, many yoga teachers often assume that students know it and instructions and adjustments are overlooked. This tutorial is meant to shed some light on how to improve your down dog and get the full benefit out of this basic yoga pose. Below, I mark a clear pathway to a beautifully inverted V.