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Yoga Pose of the Week: Intense East

Strike a Yoga Pose: Intense East

This next pose called Intense East is the fourth pose in Ashtanga Yoga's Primary Series. It strengthens and stretches your shoulders simultaneously, and also works your bum and hamstrings. If you've done the Pilates move called Reverse Plank, then this will be a cinch.

Sanskrit Name: Purvottanasana
English Translation: Eastern Intense Stretch Pose
Also Called: Intense East or Upward Plank Pose
  • Begin sitting on the floor with your legs extended straight out in front of you. Place your palms behind your hips about six to eight inches away, with your fingers pointing toward your toes.
  • As you inhale, press into your hands and feet firmly, lifting your hips into the air. Lift them as high as you can so your spine is in a long line. Slowly release your head back, looking behind you, and opening through your throat.
  • Stay here for five deep breaths, then lower your hips back to the floor.
Source: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio
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cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I always do this pose in my yoga class in prep for back bends.
tameyourbrain tameyourbrain 8 years
I like that pose. As I do it, I actually feel slimmer. Jan
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
I can't straighten my legs in this pose. I'm not sure why but I feel like the back of my legs right above my heels can't handle it.
mscc mscc 8 years
This one feels fantastic.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
This looks good..
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good one...
michlny michlny 8 years
I never the poses, do you let your head collapse back or are you supposed to hold it up a little?
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