Open up. Lie on your belly and bring your hands underneath your shoulders, palms pressing firmly into the ground. Keep your elbows against your body. Press yourself outward and upward, looking up as your chest opens and shoulders drop down and back.

Take a breath. Inhale, filling your lungs, then exhale, grounding yourself lower into the pose.

Go long. Extend your neck, keeping your head away from your shoulders. You should feel a stretch in the transverse abs (your six-pack). Keep the pressure in your palms instead of the feet or hips.

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Modification: Walk your hands out in front of you from a few inches to full extension, taking them slightly wider than the shoulders if necessary, then push up until the neck is long. Add a rolled towel under the hips.


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