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Learn all the basic yoga poses -- downward facing dog, lotus, plank, and so on -- so you can get toned and find a little inner calmness, too.
You Will Need
- Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
- A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
- A yoga mat or folded blanket
Sit on heels
Sit on your heels with your back straight.
Shift your butt to the left, keeping your knees bent, so you're seated on the mat just to the left of your feet.
Raise left knee
Raise your left knee up so your right foot is flat on the floor, and slide it to the outside of your left knee.
Twist your torso to the right, placing your right hand, palm-down, on the mat close behind your right hip.
Raise left arm
While still twisted, raise your left arm straight up.
Lower left arm
Lower your left arm so the elbow is on the outside of the right knee, keeping your elbow bent up or reaching down to hold your right ankle.
Turn as far as you can without causing unwanted stress in the knees, spine, neck and shoulders. Look into the twist, but make sure your neck does not begin to tighten up.
Hold the pose for at least 5 smooth and even breaths.
Release the pose by removing your left elbow from your right knee and releasing your twist.
Repeat on left side
Repeat on the left side, sitting just to the right of your feet and moving your left foot to the outside of your right knee, holding the pose for the same number of breaths as you did on the right side.
Release the pose by removing your right elbow from your left knee and releasing your twist. Wasn't that easier than holing up in a fish belly?