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YOGA CHALLENGE: Standing Half Bound Lotus

Hey folks. Ready for the new yoga challenge? It's called Standing Half-Bound Lotus. You can practice with Tree pose first, and then you can work on this pose. It really opens up your hips, one at a time, while challenging your balance. When you reach your arm behind you, you'll also feel a stretch in the chest and front of the shoulders.

Don't forget to get those cameras ready. Go to the YOGA CHALLENGE group. On the left-hand side, click on "Create & Share!" Then click on "Blog." Add a title, some keywords, and then under "Body" click on "Add Image" to upload your picture. Add some words if you'd like and then click "Submit." How easy is that? Getting into the pose in the first place will be the tough part. Can't wait to see your photos!

Begin in Mountain pose. Shift weight into your left foot, grounding firmly, and then bend your right knee. Grab onto your right foot with both hands, and gently pull it up in front of your left hip. If this feels okay, let your right knee drop down. Hold onto your right foot with your left hand and then reach your right arm around your lower back.
You can grab onto the front of your elbow and stay here, or work on grabbing onto your toes with your right hand. Stay here or keep reading to see the real challenge.

Want to see what else you can do? Then

Carefully fold forward, reaching your left hand down towards the ground. If it's too much strain on your left hamstring, you can bend your left knee slightly. Tuck your chin in towards your chest, and just breathe. How's that for opening your right hip and left hamstring?

Don't forget to switch sides and definitely don't forget to send your photos in. You can check out all the yoga challenge photos under "Latest Photos" in the It's a STRETCH group.

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