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Stretch and Flex


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Stretch and Flex Exercise #5
Half Straddle Forward
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  • Keep a straight back, with your ear, shoulder, and hip lined up
  • Have a slight pelvic tilt
  • Place your hands behind you with your palms on the mat
  • Put one leg straight out in front of you with your knee and toes pointing toward the ceiling
  • Bend your other leg so that your knee faces outward and the bottom of your foot touches the inner thigh of your straight leg
  • While your hands are behind you, try to touch your bent knee to the floor
  • Breathe slowly and deeply, exhaling as you extend the stretch
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  • Keeping your bent knee down, sit up straight and bring your hands forward, placing them on both sides of your straight leg, with your palms flat on the floor
  • Lean forward maintaining a straight back
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  • Then curve your back, tuck your chin, and continue to lean forward keeping the thigh of your bent leg pressed down
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  • Advanced stretch: Bring your elbows down to the mat, reaching your hands forward past the foot of your straight leg
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed
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  • Advanced stretch two: Lower your elbows toward the floor while holding onto your foot

 

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