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Friday, March 7, 2014

Tip of the Week: Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee pose trims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks and thighs. It massages and compresses the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.


*Make sure you touch your forehead to your knee (not your nose or chin). To do this, tuck your chin in and keep it there as you move toward the knee. Look at your stomach; this will keep your chin tucked.

*If the hamstrings or spine are tight, bend the right leg until the forehead touches the knee. The left leg and arms stay straight and the hands can separate on the floor to balance.

 *If the heel of the back foot lifts off the floor, shorten your step slightly.

*Use your abdominal muscles and keep the belly lifting to round the spine and work on straightening the right leg. 

*Ground the front foot into the floor, inside edge.

*Ground the back foot into the floor, outside edge.

*Soften the hips. Pick up the lower hip to square both hips to the floor. You can internally rotate the thigh of the back leg INWARDS to help yourself square out the hips.

*When doing the left side with your left leg forward, sneak a quick peek at the mirror behind you. Are your hips perfectly square? Lift your left hip up to make your hips square to the floor.

*Once you are able to get both legs straight, bring your palms together only a few inches in front of your extended foot so as you straighten your arms you’re able to round your spine completely. The elbows straighten out and the arms go behind your ears.

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