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How-To: Wind Relieving Pose

Known as the “Wind Relieving Pose,” this classic yoga pose not only stretches your lower back, hips and spine, but it’s also said to gently massage the lower abdomen to release tension. The best part? It’s perfect for both yoga beginners, as well as advanced practitioners!

Let’s walk through one of the most common ways to do this pose:

  1. Lay flat on your back on a level surface, feet together and arms beside your body.
  2. Take a deep breath. While you exhale, bring both knees to your chest. Lightly press the tops of the thighs against your abdomen, hugging your arms around your legs.
  3. On each exhale, lightly increase pressure against the lower belly. Every time you inhale, loosen your grip
  4. After 4-8 full breaths, slowly release your arms and legs to the floor. Relax.

Consult with your doctor or chiropractor before doing this pose.