- Step 1: 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.
- TIP: You may also start this pose with your feet and knees together for added support.
- Step 2: Transfer weight & reach up Inhale, slowly sitting back as if sitting down in a chair, transferring your weight back into your hips and heels, while reaching your arms up overhead with your palms pressed together.
- TIP: If it's uncomfortable to keep your palms together overhead, keep your arms parallel to each other instead, with your palms facing in.
- Step 3: Expand chest Breathe evenly, sitting down further with each inhale, and lifting your chin to expand your chest and deepen your stretch.
- Step 4: Hold pose Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute, or as long as you can.
- Step 5: Release pose Release the pose on an inhale by slowly straightening your legs and lowering your arms. Now the next time somebody tells you to 'pull up a chair,' you know what to do...
- FACT: Also known as the Awkward Pose (for obvious reasons), this posture is beneficial to the arms, legs, and cardiovascular system.
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