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HALF PRAYER TWIST POSE

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1. From table position, step the right foot between the hands, bringing the right knee directly over the right ankle in a low lunge. The left knee and foot rests on the floor.

2. Bring the left elbow to the right knee and place the palms together in a prayer position.

3. Use the arms to press the right shoulder up and back, twisting the upper back. Look straight ahead or up towards the ceiling. The palms are at the centre of the chest and the fingers are pointing up towards the throat.

4. Breathe and hold for 4-8 breaths.

5. To release: exhale the arms back down to the floor in a low lunge position.

6. Repeat on other side.

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Benefits

Increases stamina

Lengthens and strengthens the spine

Tones the back, legs, hips and arms

Improves balance and coordination

Strengthens the quadriceps and gluteus muscles

Strengthens the core muscles

To modify this pose, the gaze may be kept forward or down to avoid twisting the neck. For the full version of prayer twist, the toes of the back foot curl under and the knee is lifted off the ground as the back leg straightens.

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