Basic Yoga Poses

October 21, 2008 by  
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Stretch Armstrong Sep 20 2008 237/366Easy pose

This is one of the simplest poses you’ll do — it’s a simple sitting pose in which many workouts begin. Here’s what you do:

1. Sit on the floor.
2. Bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor, and then wrap your arms around your knees.
3. Pull your knees to your chest to straighten your spine.
4. Release your arms when you no longer feel any stretch in your spine, cross your legs, and let your knees drop to the floor. Be sure to keep your head and body in a straight line.

Forward bend

The forward bend is extremely relaxing, because you stretch your back and legs. Here’s how you do it:

1. Start in a sitting position, with your legs out in front of you in a V (whatever width of V is comfortable for you), toes pointed up toward the ceiling.
2. Pull up on your butt, so that you’re resting on your pelvic bone.
3. Stretch your arms straight up, trying to lengthen your spine as you stretch, and inhale.
4. As you exhale, lean your chest forward, keeping your back straight.
5. Try to bring your chin to your shins and your chest to your thighs


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