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This gentle backbending pose increases flexibility in your spine while opening the chest, shoulders, and abs.

  • From Kneeling Twist, come onto your belly with your legs behind you.
  • Place your forearms on the mat so your elbows are directly underneath your shoulders. Keep the hips resting on the floor as you gently press your chest away from your hands.
  • Actively roll your shoulders away from your ears, elongating the neck. Gaze in front of you or lower your head back between your shoulder blades to deepen the stretch.
  • Hold for five breaths and then exhale as you release your belly to the mat.
Photos: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio

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