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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
Get on hands & knees
Begin on your hands and knees.
Lower your forearms onto the floor in front of you with your elbows shoulder-width apart.
Place hands on floor
Place your hands palm down on the floor, fingers spread, and forearms parallel to each other.
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.
Bend knees & lift 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.
Slowly bend your knees, bringing your feet down toward your head. Arch your back, keeping your body weight on your elbows.
Hold the pose for as long as you're comfortable.
Release the pose by carefully coming down the same way you went up. Now you might want to re-consider running away to join the circus.