Supta-Padangusthasana (Reclining Single-Leg Raise)

Translation:

Supta means “sleeping”;padagnustha means “the big toe.”

Benefits:

Strengthens abdominal muscles and stretches hamstrings.

Instructions:

1. Lie on your back, making sure your back is flat on the floor.

2. Keep your arms at your side. Inhaling, raise your right leg as high as possible without bending your knees.

3. Keep your left leg straight on the floor. Place your hands around your right ankle. Beginners may not be able to reach the ankle; more advanced yoga practitioners or limber individuals may be able to reach farther up to the foot. Go only as far as you can without discomfort.

4. Breathe into the pose. Exhale as you lower your right leg. Repeat for the alternate leg.

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