Yoga Waist Exercises

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Yoga exercises target and strengthen your waist. Stretch your waist with the help of a professional yoga instructor in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert and creator of The Perfect 10 Workout, and I'm going to show you how to do some Yoga waist exercises; great for stretching the waist and strengthening it too. Open up your legs with your toes out, heels in. Now, start to turn your foot so the heel of one foot is in line with the arch of the other. We're going to intertwine our fingers behind our back, keeping our legs straight, shoulders down, lengthen through the head, take in a deep breath and exhale as you go down towards one leg. Lifting the arms up, exhale, "Hhhhhh". Breath deep, holding the pose, "Hshhhh". Slowly come up and we're going to go to the other side. Turning our heel so it's in line with the arch of the other foot. We're going to bend towards the other leg. Lifting the arms, intertwined behind you, breath. "Hmmmm", "Hahhhh". "Hmmmm", "Hhhhhh". Slowly roll back up, bring your arms out to the sides. Heels pointed in, toes pointed out. Shoulders down, neck is long. We're going to reach with the opposite hand towards the foot. Exhaling, "Whew", you can go on the outside of your foot or the inside. Bring the upper arm up and hold, breathing deep. "Hmmm". Don't hold your breath, but hold the pose. Breath. "Hmmm", "Hahhhh". Slowly come back up and switch sides. Try to get your hand on the outside of your other foot, other arm's straight up in the air and you can look towards your hand if you feel balanced enough. If not, look towards the ground. Breath deeply. "Hmmmm", "Hahhhh". Don't hold your breath, let it flow. "Hmmmm", "Hhhhh". You want to hold the poses for about a minute. Come on up, arms are out to the side. Now, we're going to bend one leg, bringing our foot sideways and reaching for the inner thigh and then down towards the bottom of your foot, the inside of your foot. Bring the upper arm over so it's in line with the leg. Stretch. Try to look underneath that arm towards the ceiling. Breath and make sure your arm is straight through the fingertips. A lot of people tend to do this. You want to stretch that arm, breath, look under the arm if you can. Then, slowly come up, just like you did before with Triangle. The other side, bend the knee this time, bring your hand on the inside of the other foot. Stretch the arm over, lengthening through the finger; look under the arm towards the ceiling. Breath. Neck is long, shoulders away from the ears. Breath deep. "Hmmm", "Hahhh". "Hmmm", "Hahhhh". And then relax your breathing. And after you've held it for a little bit and more and more you can hold it longer and longer. Come on up, then stand together. I'm Amy Newman. Thanks for joining me as I show you how to do Yoga waist exercises.


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