The simplest stretches we use in our warm ups are not to be underestimated – this one serves as great preparation for more challenging postures, strengthening and stretching the spine and the muscles of the back. It also stretches and tones the hamstrings and inner thighs, opens the hips, the torso and ribcage, increasing lung capacity and circulation, while invigorating the nervous system.
From Staff Pose, sitting tall with legs extended in front, widen the legs, keeping the leg muscles active, and feet flexed.
Place the right hand onto the right thigh.
Inhale, raising the left arm, palm facing to the right.
Exhale and stretch to the right, sliding the right hand along the right leg.
Keep the hips grounded and lift the upper body to lengthen the spine
Feel the left side of the body lengthening from the hip all the way to the fingertips
Take the gaze to the sky, keeping the neck long.
Hold for several long smooth breaths. To return to centre, inhale and lift the torso and left arm upward, then exhale lowering the arm. Repeat on the opposite side.
Have a great month!