Take A Yoga Break: Working Warrior

Work up that warrior spirit! Just make sure you have enough room behind you to extend your leg comfortably. Move slowly–be a gentle warrior–following a comfortable breathing rhythm. (Before you try this move, please read this.)

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Start by standing behind your chair with feet hip width apart, letting hands rest on the top of your chair. (Remember, never lean on your chair, especially if it has wheels.)

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Inhale a deep breath, and as you exhale move your right leg a comfortable distance behind you. Hands remain steady, facing forward, though your body can twist to the side.

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Inhale as you bring your right leg back to the starting position.

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Exhale and move your left leg a comfortable distance behind you. Inhale, return to starting position. Exhale, move right leg back. Inhale, return to starting position. Exhale, move left leg back. Inhale, return to starting position. Let the moves follow your comfortable breathing rhythm. Repeat for a total of 5 Working Warriors for each side.

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If this felt good and easy, you can expand on the pose by opening the right arm out when you step the right leg back, left arm out with left leg. (Always remember not to lean on the chair.)

Bennies: Opens hip joints, strengthens thigh muscles, encourages deep, relaxing breaths, opens shoulder joints. Well done, Working Warrior!

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