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Stretch and Flex


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Stretch and Flex Exercise #58
Forward Straddle with Hand Walk
 

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  • Keep a straight back, with your ear, shoulder, and hip lined up
  • Have a slight pelvic tilt
  • Place both legs straight out to your sides, with your knees and toes pointing to the ceiling in the straddle position
  • Breathe slowly and deeply, exhaling as you extend the stretch
  • Slide one of your hands down the corresponding straight leg
  • Your other arm reaches up towards the ceiling
  • Lean toward the arm on your leg until you feel a full stretch
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  • Take a deep breath in, exhale as you rotate at the waist
  • Place your hands to the sides of the leg you are facing, keeping your palms flat on the mat
  • Continue to breathe slowly and deeply, exhaling as you extend the stretch
  • Try to bring your chest to your thigh and your nose to your knee
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  • Round your back while tucking your chin
  • Extend your hands forward as far as you can, then bring your elbows down to the mat
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  • Keep your chest low, and your hands as far forward as you can, while walking them over to your other leg
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  • When your chest is over your thigh, come back up

 

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