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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
Lie on back & bend knees
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Your feet should be on the mat, slightly apart, with your heels near your butt.
Bend your elbows so they point straight up, and place your hands on the floor by your ears, palms down, with your fingers pointing toward your feet.
Lift hips & back
Press your hands and feet into the ground and lift your hips and back up off the ground.
Bring arms parallel
When your spine is arched up but your head is still on the ground, bring your upper arms parallel to each other so your elbows are shoulder-width apart.
Push body up
Push your body up further, lifting your head off the floor and extending your arms until your elbows are straight.
Hold the pose for several relaxed breaths.
To release the pose, lower yourself to the mat slowly and with control.
Hug knees & rock
Hug your knees gently to your chest and rock side to side to help release the tension in the lower back. We knew you'd come around.