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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 small towel
- A strap or belt
Sit on mat
Sit on your mat with your legs stretched straight out in front of you.
Slide leg under
Bend your knees, drawing your feet up closer to your body, and slide your right leg under your left leg, bringing your right foot back to your left hip.
Draw your left foot to your right hip, stacking your left knee directly on top of your right knee. Your heels should each be an equal distance from your hips.
Raise your left arm into the air, bending it down at the elbow as you reach behind your head down along your back. Simultaneously reach behind you with your right arm and bend it up at the elbow, so that your right forearm runs up along your spine and the back of your right hand rests between your shoulder blades.
Interlock the fingers of your left hand with the fingers of your right.
Breathe naturally in this upright posture.
Bend forward, bringing your chest down toward your knees. This will deepen the stretch in your hips and shoulders.
Breathe & hold
Breathe smoothly and evenly while holding the pose for as long as you're comfortable.
Release the pose by raising your chest back up, ungrasping your hands, and unbending your knees.
Repeat the pose on the other side, with your right knee on top of your left and your left arm reaching up behind your back and right arm down behind your head.
Release the pose by raising your chest back up, ungrasping your hands, and unbending your knees. Good work, Cow Face.