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Prasarita Padottanasana

Prasarita Padottanasana also known as the wide-legged standing forward bend pose, is a fantastic preparatory pose for even deeper forward folds and hip openers. It is an energizing inversion that increases circulation to the brain while providing a deep stretch for the legs, back, and arms.

1. From Mountain pose, step the legs 3-4 feet apart into Five Pointed Star. With a flat back exhale forward bringing the palms to the floor under the shoulders.

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2. Use the arms to pull the forehead down towards the floor, bending the elbows towards the back wall. Press into the feet, lengthening the legs to press the hips up toward the ceiling.

3. Feel the spine being pulled in opposite directions as you press the head down and lift the hips up.

4. Breathe and hold for 3-8 breaths.

5. To release, reach the arms out to the sides and inhale back up into 5 pointed star.