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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 foam or wooden yoga block
Stand at mat
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.
Move your feet out into a straddle position, about three to four feet apart, while reaching your arms out to the sides parallel to the ground.
Turn your left foot slightly inward, and your right foot out to the right.
Shift your weight onto your right foot, lifting your left foot straight out and up to the left while balancing on your right leg.
Lower right arm
Slowly lower your right hand toward the floor or the block so that you're balancing on your right foot and hand, keeping your left arm extended so it's reaching straight up.
Lift your left hip over your right hip, so your hips and chest face forward. Your left hand should be aligned over your left shoulder, which should be aligned over your right shoulder.
If you are stable, look up toward your hand in the air. If you aren't, look to the side or floor instead.
Hold the pose for several smooth, even breaths.
To release the pose, lift your right hand off the floor and your torso straight up, and lower your left foot back to the ground.
Repeat the steps on your left side, holding the pose for as many breaths as you did on the right side.
Release the pose by lifting your right hand off the floor and your torso straight up, lowering your left foot back to the ground. You've got a certain a glow about you.