Stretch and strengthen this week

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

This week’s pose is called ‘reverse plank pose’ and according to Lori Whitby of Slave Lake Smiling Dog Yoga, helps strengthen the core, arms and legs.
“Begin sitting on your mat with your legs straight out in front of you,” says Whitby. “Place your hands about six-eight inches behind you with your fingers pointing forward. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor and press up through your hands and feet to lift your hips up.”
Whitby adds, “You can stay here with your torso and thighs parallel to the floor and your feet under your buttocks. Or, while keeping the hips lifted, straighten one leg at time. Avoid dropping the head back; instead keep it in line with your spine or tuck your chin gently. Hold for 30 seconds.”
Avoid or use caution if you have a wrist injury.
Beginner’s tip:
Try this pose using a chair in your yoga mat so you won’t slip. Sit on the edge, place your hands at the back and lift your pelvis.
Benefits:
Strengthens the core, arms and legs. Stretches the shoulders, chest, and front ankles.

Kathryn, a yoga teacher trainee at Smiling Dog demonstrates ‘reverse plank pose’.

 

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