Yoga for Beginners: Cow Face Pose
12/09/2009 | 12:00 AM
Stress is bad for the mind, the body, and yes, even the coiffure! The Cow Face Pose helps you stretch out your whole body, including hips, ankles, thighs, shoulders, armpit, chest, deltoids and triceps. It also strengthens your spine and abdomen. Practice this yoga posture every evening and relieve tension from neck strain, backache and tight shoulders.
- Sit up with your back and legs straight - legs extended in front of you.
- Bending your left leg, bring the heel under your right thigh, up towards the hip. Keep your left knee on the floor.
- Grasp your right foot with your left hand. Still keeping the foot on the floor, place the heel of your right foot against the front-left portion of your left buttock. The right knee should be directly on top of the left knee.
- Inhale slowly through the nostrils, raise your right hand over your head and bend the right elbow.
- Reach behind your back with the left hand and clasp the fingers of both hands (forming an "s" shaped lock).
- Hold the posture for as long as you can comfortably hold the inhaled breath.
- Exhale slowly and then repeat the pose, alternating left and right.
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