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Posture of the Week: Half Tortoise Pose

In terms of relaxation, it’s said that thirty seconds of this posture is the equivalent of eight hours of sleep. It also cures indigestion and stretches the lower part of the lungs, increasing blood circulation to the brain. It firms the abdomen and thighs. It also increases the flexibility of the hip joints, scapula, deltoids, triceps, and latissimus dorsi muscles.

4 Tips for this posture:

The slower you can move into this posture the more abdominal strength and lower back flexibility you will build. Think about the same initial movement as balancing stick:

  • Chin away from the chest to keep your spine long – focus on the floor in front of your mat as you come down. If you are in the front row, you should focus on yourself in the mirror as you come down.
  • Come down with a flat back (no curve or arch in spine)
  • Try to touch your fingertips to the floor first before your forehead – this will force you to keep stretching forward
  • This is an easy posture to get lazy in so stay active in the pose! Push the heels of your palms together and lift wrists off the floor to create more stretching in the whole spin.