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Yoga Exercise - Standing Side Stretch Pose

The Standing Side Stretch Yoga Pose may give you the look of a tree swayed by wind, though this pose offers more benefits than just a stretch on your branches. This side stretch will increase the flexibility of your spine, arms, and rib cage as it stimulates the liver, kidney, and spleen functions. Furthermore, the Yoga Pose will also help realign your spinal column and will aid the lungs to take in more oxygen.

STEP 1: Start with the Mountain Pose and establish a smooth flowing breath.

STEP 2: As you inhale, raise your left arm, making a line from your left foot to the fingertips. Place your right hand on your right hip.

STEP 3: As you exhale, bend your upper body to the right. Hold for several breaths. Inhale, and bring the body back to the original position. Repeat the pose on the other side.

If the Standing Side Stretch Pose is properly done without forcing the bend, it will give you a different but wonderful feeling as it bends the muscles and the spine to the side. If you feel unstable in the position, feel free to slightly put your feet apart.


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