Step your feet as wide apart as your legs are long. Bring your hands to your hips. Press your feet into the ground to engage your leg muscles. Take a deep breath in. As you breathe out, lift your tailbone and begin to hinge at the hips, keeping the spine straight. Feel with your hands the rotation of the hip joints. As your torso lowers, slide your hands to your shins and then slowly down your legs. Let your knees bend as needed to ease any strain in your low back. Allow your body to continue to lower, then rest your hands on your ankles or feet. Extend through the crown of your head to keep your spine and neck long. Relax into the posture, letting gravity do the work. To release, inhale and press into your feet, engaging your hips and sliding your hands up your legs, rising with a straight spine. Exhale as you step your feet together. Pause to receive and absorb the posture's benefits. contraindication: Avoid if you have untreated high blood pressure.