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Half Bound Lotus Pose

 

Shift your weight onto your left foot and bend your right knee up toward your chest.

 
Raise your right foot up and gently bring your right heel into tree pose.
 
Hold onto your right foot with your left hand. If you wish to go deeper in the pose, lengthen up through your spine and grab your right big toe with your right hand.
 
Find a “drishti” or focus point on the floor in front of you, and begin to work your balance in the pose as you slowly fold over.
 
As you exhale, fold over and hinge from the hips placing your left hand on the floor.
 
Stay in the pose for 5-10 deep breaths on each side. Repeat 2-3 rounds.
 
Benefits of the Pose:
  • Stretches and strengthens the hips, hamstrings, ankles, shoulders, and knees.
  • Detoxes the body internally through the liver and spleen.
  • Aids in digestion and blood circulation.
  • Calms the mind and restores an internal sense of balance.

**Contraindications:
Do not practice this pose if you have any knee/hip pain or recent injuries.
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