Try keeping your thumbs on your sacrum and avoid reaching for your feet. Engage your inner thighs and pelvic floor by pulling your lower belly up and in. Stay here for 5 breaths, focusing on creating space between your vertebrae, opening your chest and shoulders, and building the muscular support needed for a deeper spinal extension. Lengthen with each inhalation, and on each exhalation, keep the space that you have created while engaging the core more.
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