"Taking time out for a yoga class is a good de-stresser, but if you can't get to one, this pose is a good compromise. Michele Pernetta, one of the UK's leading yoga teachers and founder of Fierce Grace says:
'The half-tortoise pose brings relaxation and is good for mental burnout as it calms the mind. It brings some of the same changes in the blood that happens only in deep sleep.'
How to do it
- Kneel down, with your buttocks resting on your heels and knees and feet together. Inhale and lift your arms over the head, palms together, thumbs crossed.
- Stretch up, pull your stomach in and slowly pivot down from your waist and put your forehead and fingers on the floor. (If you have a bad back don't have your arms over your head when you come down, just walk your hands down the floor).
- Relax your head and neck, breathe deeply and stretch your fingers forward to create traction in the spine.
- Lock your elbows and lift your wrists off the floor. Try to get your hips on your heels. If you can't get your head down, bend your elbows.
- Breathe deeply into your belly for 30 seconds.
- Inhale come up the same way you went in."
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