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Forward Bend

5. Stand with your feet together parallel and your arms at your sides. Inhale and on the exhale fold forward from the crease of the hips with your hands on the legs above the knee. Lengthen the back. Extend the sides of the torso, lift the belly and ribs up. Do not push back into your knees, but keep the legs straight. Gradually lower the torso down, from the hips, the arms reaching toward the ground. Interlock your fingers and turn the hands over, the palms reaching towards the ground. Do not force this stretch, but let the breath and gravity increase it. Keep your head up. Stay in the stretch for a few breaths and come up while inhaling. This warm-up stretches the muscles of the legs and back.

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