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Shower Stretches

I love to stretch in the shower, it is one of those rare times when I get to slow down. I turn on the soothing hot water, light some candles, play some relaxing music, and let the warm steam envelop me.

There are a three stretches that I love to do in the shower, just because it feels so good to close my eyes and calm my mind. Plus, the steamy water does a wonderful job warming my muscles, so they're easier to stretch.

Come into a wide squat in the middle of your shower so you can feel the hot water gently pouring onto your lower back. Stay here for a minute or so, dropping your chin towards your chest and extending your arms out in front of you. It feels amazing, especially if your lower back bothers you.

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This stretch is for your neck. Stand so the back of your head is in the stream of water. Interlace your fingers and place your open palms on the back of your head. Gently and slowly press your head down, tilting your chin in towards your chest. It stretches the back of your neck and lengthens your spine.

To stretch out your shoulder and wrists, place your right palm on the front wall of the shower (away from the water). You want your fingertips facing to the right, feeling your wrist opening up. You can stay here or if you want to stretch it even more, walk your body towards the left, gazing over your left shoulder. Stay here for a minute or so and then switch to the left side.

Let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas for shower stretches. Post your thoughts or pictures in the Yoga Stretch and Tell Group.

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