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Yoga Poses to Help You Stretch

September 24, 2013

Continuing yoga posts for National Yoga Month, here are a few stretches to help you release stress and tension throughout your body.

Remember, yoga is all about the mind-body connection, and your body is different every day. If you feel pain during these poses, stop. Either do as much of the pose as feels comfortable, or modify it.

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  • Fish Pose – Stretches the neck, chest, and throat.
  1. Begin lying on your back, with your  hands beneath your lower back.
  2. Arch your back off of the floor (in order to do this, you will be pushing off of your forearms. Make sure that the majority of your weight is in your pelvis, so that you are not placing much weight on your head.
  3. Hold for approximately 30 seconds.

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  • Reverse Prayer – Stretches the shoulders, forearms, wrists, & fingers.
  1. Begin sitting comfortably on your heels, with your arms out to your sides.
  2. Bend at the elbows, pressing your palms together behind your back (fingertips up).
  3. Gently reach your prayer-position hands up your back until you feel a comfortable stretch.
  4. Hold for 5 breaths.

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  • Half Frog Pose – Stretches the chest, abs, hips, thighs, groin, & ankles.
  1. Begin on your stomach.
  2. Come up on your forearms, lifting your upper torso. Cross the left forearm in front of your body.
  3. Bending at the knee, reach your right heel towards your seat.
  4. Release your right arm off of the floor and behind you, grasping your right foot.
  5. Move your arm so that your elbow points towards the ceiling, and your fingers curl over your toes (your palm should be pressing into the top of your foot).
  6. Gently press down on your foot so that the foot lowers towards the ground, aiming to bring the foot to the side of your seat, rather than directly towards your seat.

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Do you have another pose you really enjoy? Please share it in  the comments below! Or let us know how these poses worked.

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