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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
Stand at the front of your mat with your feet hip-width apart and your weight evenly distributed between them, your spine erect, and your arms at your sides.
Spread your legs three to four feet apart so that you are standing in a straddle pose with your hands at your thighs.
Turn your feet to the right so that the right foot turns to face directly toward the right side of the mat and the left foot turns 45 degrees toward the right side of the mat.
Rotate your torso to the right, and try to square your hips toward the right side.
Bend right knee
Bend your right knee at a 90 degree angle so your shin is perpendicular to the ground and centered over your foot.
Reach arms up
With your palms together, reach your arms up, lifting your ribcage up from your pelvis as you lengthen your lower back. Keep your shoulders relaxed.
Look up at your thumbs or straight forward.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds or so as you breathe deeply and smoothly, keeping your torso and hips turned facing the right leg.
Release the pose by pressing your left heel into the mat and straightening your right knee, then rotate your torso back to the center and drop your arms.
Repeat the pose on the left side, holding it for the same length of time that you did on the right.
Release the pose by straightening your right knee, rotating your torso back to the center, and dropping your arms. Very fierce.