Arm Stand Astavakrasana ~ This is one of the most challenging poses to master but there are many benefits including toning your abdominals and inner thighs and stretching your hamstrings. Core strength is the basis of this pose so doing it in steps is very helpful as you slowly build up to it. Start in seated position and take one leg over the shoulder, pressing it into the shoulder. Place hands on the floor, hip-distance apart, and hook the ankles together. Carefully lower your chest onto the ground and on the inhalation, lift both shoulders up like Chaturanga. As you exhale, lift both legs and straighten your leg forward while squeezing your inner thighs. Take as much time as you need to strengthen your Chaturanga first to avoid injury.
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