2. Half moon pose
The initial position: Standing on the ground with your feet placed wide apart.
What to do:
- Keeping your legs and spine straight, slowly bend forward, and hold your right foot with your right hand.
- Bend your knees and move your right hand forward so that it’s placed about 2 feet in front of your right foot.
- Balancing on your right leg and right arm, straighten your right leg, and simultaneously raise your left leg until it’s parallel to the floor.
- Extend your left leg, rotate your left hip upward, and lift your left arm up toward the ceiling.
- Turn your face and look at your left hand.
- Hold for 30 seconds, then return to the initial position and repeat with the other leg.
Results: The half moon pose strengthens your legs, glutes, and spine. It also relieves stress and anxiety and helps you get rid of back pain.
3. Down dog at the wall pose
The initial position: Standing about 3 feet away from the wall with your face turned toward it and your feet wide apart.
What to do:
- Slowly bend at the waist and place your palms and forearms on the wall in front of you. They should be about shoulder-width apart.
- Keeping your legs straight, move your arms down along the wall, and lower your upper torso until it’s parallel to the floor.
- Make sure that your body creates 2 90-degree angles — one between your legs and upper body and the other between your upper arms and forearms.
- Hold for 60 seconds, then return to the initial position.