Why I do it: This is a great hip opener and feels so good on my lower back, especially before a CrossFit class when I know I'll be doing lots of squats or box jumps.
- Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips. Bend your knees and lower your hips toward the ground.
- Bring your palms together at your heart center and firmly press your elbows against the inside of your knees. This will help to open your hips even farther. Shift weight onto your heels and lengthen the crown of your head toward the ceiling.
- Hold the pose for five deep breaths.