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Targets: Tight hips
Benefits: Stretches the hips, groins, chest, and shoulders;strengthens knees, thighs, and ankles; helps relieve stress and improve digestion.
How to do it: Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart (about 4 feet apart). Turn your right foot out 90 degrees so your toes are pointing to the top of the mat. The center of your right knee cap should be aligned with the center of your right ankle. Pivot your left foot slightly inwards. Your back toes should be at a 45-degree angle. Raise your arms to the side to shoulder-height, so they’re parallel to the floor.
Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, reach through your right hand in the same direction as your right foot is pointed, shift your left hip back, and fold over at your right hip. Keep your left leg engaged and press the outer heal firmly to the floor. Rest your right hand on your outer shin or ankle and stretch your left arm toward the ceiling. Keep your head in a neutral position. Hold for 5 slow breaths.
To release, inhale and press firmly through your left heel as you lift your torso. Lower your arms. Turn to the left, reversing the position of your feet, and repeat for the same length of time on the opposite side.
Build muscle, improve flexibility, and relieve stress with this routine
Build muscle, improve flexibility, and relieve stress with this routine.
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