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This funky pose stretches out the front of your thighs, but it will also give you a nice stretch in the chest and shoulders. No need to force this position, since it might feel foreign to your body — just play around.

  • From Sphinx, bend both knees and reach your hands back to hold on to your feet.
  • Turn your fingers so they are pointing in the same direction as your toes, and lift your elbows up so they're pointing toward the ceiling. This will allow you to get more leverage so you can use your upper body strength to press the soles of both feet toward the floor, which will increase the stretch in your quads. Lift your chest as high as you can.
  • If you experience pain in the knee, don't press your foot down as hard, or do one side at a time.
  • Stay here for five deep breaths.
Photos: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio