By Karen Voight, Special to Tribune Newspapers
8:40 PM EDT, August 1, 2012
This is a classic yoga pose that can easily be incorporated into your daily workout routine. It stretches the muscles in the back of your legs and your spine, and, at the same time, you'll also strengthen your arms and upper body.
1. Begin by sitting back on your heels and reach your hands as far forward as possible by crawling your fingertips forward with your elbows straight. Now come up to all fours with your toes tucked under. Make sure that your legs are hips width apart.
2. Keeping your hands in the same place, raise your hips to the ceiling and move your chest toward your thighs until your knees are straight. Allow your head to hang freely, with your ears between your upper arms, and reach your heels toward the floor. Settle into this pose for 3 to 6 breaths. Focus on lifting the center of your armpits away from the floor instead of sinking into your shoulders.
Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."
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