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Yoga - it's an awesome workout

It’s great for your flexibility and it’s a good way to get active. You don’t even need to go to a class; if you’re just getting into yoga or you want to up your activity between sessions, find a nice quiet spot at home or your local park and try this routine.

1. Reclining Big Toe Pose I

Lying on your back, hook a strap or towel over your right foot and push your foot upwards while pulling the strap down to increase pressure, drawing your shoulder blades into your back. After five breaths, repeat with your left leg.

2. Reclining Big Toe Pose II

Start with the Reclining Big Toe Pose I (the pose above) with your right leg in the air. But as you exhale, move your leg sideways towards the floor. After five breaths, repeat with your left leg.

3. Seated Forward Fold Pose

Start off sitting on the ground with your legs crossed in front of you, bend forward from the hips, walking your fingers along the ground as far forwards as is comfortable. Hold this position for five breaths, then swap the fold of your legs and try again.

4. The Downward Dog

Stand in an upside down ‘V’ shape, with your palms spread on the floor, knees bent and your heels lifted. Breathe out, straighten your knees and push your heels toward the floor.

5. Low Lunge Pose

From the Downward Dog, move your right foot forward so that it’s between your hands, drop the knee of your left leg to the ground, then place your hands on your right knee. After three to five breaths, switch legs.

6. The Downward Dog

Move into the Downward Dog once again and hold for five breaths. Your routine is done.


Don’t forget: when you’re getting active and trying something new, it might be a good idea to talk to your health professional to ensure what you’re doing is right for you.