Downward-Facing Dog is a great pose to energize and rejuvenate the entire body. This move provides deep stretches to your hamstrings, shoulders, arches, calves, hands, and spine and also builds strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs. Because your heart is positioned higher than your head in this pose, it is not as difficult an inversion as, say, the Headstand but it has all the benefits of an inversion. For example, it provides relief from headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and also mild depression. The flow of blood to the brain also calms down the nervous system and is a perfect antidote to stress; it also it improves your concentration and memory power.
Deblina Sarkar completed her PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UCSB. Her doctoral research focused on theoretical modeling and experimental demonstration of energy-efficient and scalable electronic devices as well as ultra-sensitive label-free biosensors. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at MIT and is interested in exploring novel technologies for mapping and controlling brain activity. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a . Presidential Fellowship (2008), Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Fellowship (2008), being one of three researchers worldwide to receive the prestigious IEEE EDS PhD Fellowship Award (2011). She was a "Bright Mind" invited speaker at the KAUST-NSF conference (2015), one of three winners of the Falling Walls Lab Young Innovator's competition at San Diego (2015), a recipient of "Materials Research Society's Graduate Student Award" (2015), and was named a "Rising Star" in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2015).