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— April 15, 2019

Taking the Kinks Out of A Long Road Trip

  • Sometimes there's nothing better than hitting the road to find your next adventure—but all that driving can be tough on your shoulders and lower back. Doing Crescent Lunge at every pit stop can help counteract the effects of hours spent behind the wheel. Serious drivers aren't the only ones who should consider adding Crescent Lunge to their yoga routines.
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Pose: Crescent Lunge

Why You Should Do It: Sometimes there’s nothing better than hitting the road to find your next adventure—but all that driving can be tough on your shoulders and lower back. Doing Crescent Lunge at every pit stop can help counteract the effects of hours spent behind the wheel. Serious drivers aren’t the only ones who should consider adding Crescent Lunge to their yoga routines.

This pose is also good for:

» Strengthening the muscles needed for running.

» Stretching the hip flexors.

» Building balance.

How to Do It: You can go into Crescent Lunge from Downward-Facing Dog by stepping your right foot between your hands, aligning your right knee over the heel. Or you can simply set your feet hip-distance apart and then step forward with your right foot far enough for your left heel to leave the mat. Then: » Inhale and raise your torso upright, bending the front knee to a 90° angle. » At the same time, sweep your arms overhead and draw your tailbone down towards the floor. » Engage your core (don’t let the lower ribs protrude forward) and draw your shoulders down from your ears. » Hold the pose up to one minute, dropping back into Downward Dog if that’s where you started, then repeat on the other side.

Note: Make sure your front foot is facing forward as much as possible, and don’t forget to push into your back foot.

Variation: Instead of reaching up, push into your car for some resistance.

Be Careful If: You have blood pressure or heart problems.

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