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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

1. Tadasana variation (Seated Mountain Pose with Hands and Feet)

Sit on a chair. Lengthen your spine so your sitting bones drop into the seat and the crown of your head extends toward the sky. Place both feet on the floor (if they don't reach, use a stool or folded blanket). Imagine a light shining out from the center of your chest and try to shine the light forward. Bend your elbows and make gentle fists. Open your hands into claws, then spread your fingers wide. Return your hands into claws, then fists. Repeat 5 times. Next, keep the heels of your feet on the floor but lift the rest of the foot. Make "fists" with your toes, then spread them wide. Repeat 5 times.

Benefits
Enhances balance; Boosts hip, knee, and shoulder mobility; Helps expand chest; Improves leg strength and flexibility.

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Christine

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

silvidi

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

Cassandra Miller

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.

Thanks!

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