Yoga block enhances stretch

Yoga

Using a yoga block in your practice helps bring the floor up to you, allowing you to focus on correct technique while feeling a sense of stability. Over time, your body will lossen up and you'll be able to balance without the use of this tool.

Begin by kneeling on a level, padded surface with a yoga block nearby. Straighten your left leg, placing your left heel on the floor with your knee and toes facing upward. Make sure your left heel is directly across from your right inner knee. Move the block behind your left knee. Rest your left arm on your left thigh. On an inhale, reach your right arm overhead with your palm facing inward.

Exhale and lean your torso toward your left foot. Keep your hips forward — don't sit backward. Focus on feeling the stretch along the right side of your body. Hold this position for 3 to 6 breaths. Return to center, switch legs and repeat on the other side.

Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Sleek Essentials."

karen@karenvoight.com

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  • Photo: Yoga block, step 2.
    Photo: Yoga block, step 2.

    Exhale and lean your torso toward your left foot. Keep your hips forward -- don't sit backward. Focus on feeling the stretch along the right side of your body. Hold this position for 3 to 6 breaths. Return to center, switch legs and repeat on the other side.

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