I love stretches that you can feel over your entire body, and while this is mostly a move you'll feel in your chest and shoulders, you'll also feel this in your hamstrings and lower back. It's a great one to add to your stretching repertoire.
- Begin standing with your feet hips distance apart. Engage your abs by drawing your navel towards your spine.
- Bring your arms behind you and interlace your fingers right below your sacrum (back of your pelvis). If you can, press the heels of your palms together in a kind of double fist. Actively pull your hands away from your shoulders to increase the stretch in your chest.
- From here, lean your chest forward and lift your hands up overhead as you fold your torso toward your thighs. If you're only concerned with feeling this stretch in your chest and shoulders then keep your knees bent. To bring this stretch into your hamstrings and lower back, then straighten your legs. Make sure you're lengthening through your spine by reaching the top of your head toward the floor.
- Stay like this for at least 30 seconds and when you're ready to come out, actively press into your feet, engage your thighs, and slowly lift your torso back up to a standing position.