Stretches the hamstrings, inner thighs, back, shoulders
and the outside of the lower legs.
Relieves mild back pain.
Reduces anxiety, fatigue and depression.
to do this pose:
(Always be sure to check with your Dr
before performing this or any other new exercise especially
if you have heart problems, high or low blood pressure,
neck problems or are pregnant)
1. Stand in a wide position with your toes slightly
turned in and the outer edges of your feet pressing
firmly into the floor.
Clasp your hands together and slide your shoulder blades
towards your hips as your create space between your
ears and your shoulders. Think of pressing your shoulder
blades down instead of crunching them together.
Inhale and lengthen your spine. As you exhale bend forward
from your hips and allow your hands to be drawn gently
toward the floor. Keep length in your spine and continue
to open the shoulders.
Breathe calm, slow breaths and stay in this pose up
to a minute. To gently release this pose bend your knees,
release your hands and let them gently drop towards
the floor. Slowly roll up to a standing position one
vertebra at a time.
For beginners: Perform this pose with a chair. Face
the seat of the chair. Support your forarms on the seat
of the chair as you lean forward from the hips.