By Karen Voight, Special to Tribune Newspapers
7:46 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
This classic yoga pose is an excellent way to engage and strengthen your legs and core muscles. When you practice this move, don't rush through it. Stay in the position and breathe fully while maintaining your form.
1. Begin by standing tall with your feet together. Take a large step forward with your right leg into a lunge with your right knee bent directly above your right ankle. Reach your fingertips down to the floor as you focus on lifting your chest. Bend your left knee slightly and allow your left heel to raise off the floor. In this position, point your tailbone toward the floor so you do not overarch your lower back.
2. Slowly begin to straighten your left knee while maintaining a straight upright spine. Continue to pull your abdominals in toward your spine as you press out through your left heel. Raise your arms overhead and stretch upward with your fingertips. Keep your chin level to the floor and relax your shoulders away from your ears. Hold this position for three to six breaths.
Lower your arms down, switch legs and repeat on the other side.
Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."
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