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Yoga for Back Health: How to Walk with More Ease (Because a Slight Rotation Is Probably Missing from Your Stride)

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Sitting is the new smoking, so getting out for a walk is a win. But if you’re weighed down with heavy bags and totes during your daily constitutional, odds are your stride is rigid and restricted. Here, yoga therapist Alison West shares a marching exercise and a simple move in a doorway that will help free your body and propel you forward when you set out on a path.