Practicing yoga is a great workout for athletes with sore muscles, for those who can fit in an occasional workout in a busy schedule or for beginners just getting started. Each pose improves key muscle groups, plus has the added benefits of balance, strength and stability. The Crescent Lunge pose is a dynamic standing pose, which utilizes the muscles in your entire body, focusing on building lean muscle and improving your balance.
What it does:
As part of a series of yoga poses, the movement in the Crescent Lunge pose increases your heart rate while targeting your glutes and hamstrings. It also indirectly works your abdominal muscles by testing your stability and balance.
What to do:
- Start with your feet shoulder width apart and bend forward at the waist so your hands are touching the mat (or as close to the mat as you can). Step your right foot back so you are in a runner’s lunge with your left knee bent and your right leg straight.
- Slowly bring your hands to your sides so your body forms a straight line from your right foot to your head. Inhale and raise your hands and chest toward the ceiling (or lean farther back for a bigger stretch).
- Exhale and return your hands to your sides and your body to a straight line with your right foot.
- Repeat this movement 10 times, and then switch legs.
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