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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
- A wall
- A qualified yoga instructor's supervision
Get on hands & knees
Begin on your hands and knees.
Lower your forearms onto the floor in front of you with your elbows shoulder distance apart.
Interlock your fingers so that your forearms form a triangle.
Plant crown on mat
Plant the crown of your head on the mat with your palms cupped around the back of your head.
Straighten legs & raise hips
Straighten your legs, raising your hips up so your body forms an inverted V.
Walk feet toward body
Walk your feet toward your body, straightening your back and keeping your weight on your elbows.
Lift up feet
Slowly bend your knees and lift—try not to kick or jump—your feet straight up off the mat.
Lift your legs straight up so your entire body forms a straight line and there is perfect alignment between your hips, torso, neck, head and shoulders.
Press against mat
Press against the mat with your forearms to protect your neck, which should not be bearing your body weight.
Hold the pose for several relaxed breaths.
Release the pose before you become too tired, slowly coming down the way you came up.