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Forever Young

Make these the best years of your life, with a yoga practice that increases flexibility, reduces aches and pains, and leaves you feeling forever young.

By Lorie A. Parch

5. Apanasana (Knee-to-Chest Pose)

Begin lying down with both knees bent and feet in line with your sitting bones. Inhale and then exhale as you bring your right knee toward your torso, holding your leg behind the knee. If you can't reach your leg while keeping your head and shoulders on the floor, use a long strap. Take a few easy breaths here, inhaling as you gently let your knee float slightly away from the torso and exhaling as you gently invite your leg toward the torso. Repeat 5 to 7 times. Return your foot to the floor and repeat with the other leg. After you return your left foot to the floor, take a moment to notice what is present. For an extra challenge, repeat while hugging both legs toward your torso.

Benefits
Improves digestion; Relieves constipation; Stretches the lower back and hips.

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Christine

I have been diagnosed with stage 1 cervix prolapse. Does doing shoulder stand improve the cervix prolapse condition?

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I began practicing yoga in my 50's and now at the age of 68 I am working on my 500 hr. RYT.

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I am looking for a gentle yoga class for someone with arthritis in Seattle - does anyone know of one? I also have some pretty bad injurys to contend with and really need to get into a class.

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