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Photography by: David Martinez
Standing in Mountain pose, put your hands on your hips and take a step backward about 3 to 4 feet with your right foot, turning the foot out 45 to 60 degrees and lining up the arch with the left heel. Keeping the right leg straight and your hips squared and torso centered, bend your left knee to align over your left ankle. Place your right hand on your right leg. Inhale, lifting your left arm up and overhead as you lengthen your spine into a mild backbend. Exhale and stay here for 3 to 5 breaths. Inhale, bringing your torso to a centered position, then place your hands on your hips and step forward to return to start position. Repeat on the opposite side.