For more intensity, turn your torso enough to the left Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose Yoga 16to grasp the back of the chair with your left hand, and look up. Retain Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose Yoga 16the pose for several breaths, and then release and repeat on the other side. Purpose: To use gravity to realign the sacroiliac joints. Contraindications: Carpal tunnel syndrome, fractured rib, tennis elbow. Props: A table or desk; an optional yoga mat. Avoiding pitfalls: Pay attention to the alignment of the rest of the body, especially keeping the shoulders back as much as possible.
If your wrists are stiff, use a yoga mat under your hands. Let your lower body really hang. Refrain from using abdominal or lower back muscles. Place your hands on the tabletop, with your palms flat and fingers pointing back toward you and curled under the edge of the table. Your hands should be so close together that your elbows touch the front of the rib cage. Place your feet comfortably apart. Take a deep breath in to lengthen up through your spine. Pull your shoulders back. Keep your arm and upper back muscles firm as you begin to transfer weight to your hands, letting your knees bend. Your elbows should be slightly bent.
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