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How to train like a warrior

October 28, 2002|Karen Voight

Yoga postures, such as this version of the "warrior pose,'' can increase strength and flexibility throughout your body, and they will help you to develop better concentration and balance. The pose shown here is said to strengthen and stretch the legs and ankles, while also stretching the groin, chest and shoulders.

1 Stand on a level, nonslip surface with your legs wide apart. Extend your arms. Turn your right foot out to a 90-degree angle and turn your left foot in about 15 degrees. Your right heel should be in line with your left instep, with equal weight over both legs. Turn your head to the right, looking past your extended arm. Inhale.

2 On the exhale, bend your right knee in a 90-degree angle. Your right thigh should be parallel to the floor. Your right shin bone should be perpendicular to the floor and your back leg straight. Extend your arms out to the side with your palms facing down. Gaze over your right hand. Make sure your torso is in an upright position, centered over both legs. Hold this pose for 30 seconds while you breathe fully and deeply. Repeat on the other side.

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Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.

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