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Pose of the Week: Reclined West Stretch

RECLINED WEST STRETCH
(urdhva mukha paschimottanasana 2)

SHAPE PREP
Lie down on back.
Bring thighs to ribs, shins vertical.
Hold outer edges of feet with hands.

SHAPE POSE
Stay here or roll onto upper back with legs slightly bent. Bring hips and feet equidistant to floor.
Stay here or straighten legs, legs parallel to floor.
Point elbows out.

SAFETY POSE
If legs are straight, tone thighs, tighten kneecaps, firm hamstrings.
Press hands, feet together.
Squeeze legs together (more doable: separate feet outer hip-width apart).

REFINEMENT POSE
Extend elbows out, shoulders towards head.

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