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The Inertia

Skill Level: Beginner

 

Benefits

-Increases spinal rotation, giving you freedom in your upper body that will help to improve your turns.
-Stretches the hips, glutes, abs, obliques, shoulders and neck.
-Opens up the chest.

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Instructions

-Sit with a straight back and both legs out in front of you.
-Cross your right foot to the outside of your left thigh and bring your left foot back to your right hip.
-Place your right fingertips behind you and hug your left knee into your chest.
-Inhale, sit up tall. Exhale, twist to the right from the base of your spine.
-To increase the intensity of the pose, bring your left elbow to outside of your right knee and twist a little deeper.
-Hold the pose for 5 deep breaths, in and out through the nose.
-Come back to centre on an exhalation and switch sides.

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Modifications

-You can sit on the edge of a cushion to raise your hips up if you are not able to comfortably sit up straight.
-If both your sitting bones do not rest evenly on the mat, keep your left leg straight out in front of you and flex your foot.

 

Contraindication

Back injury

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