Exercise #5598


2 min - Exercise


Muscle Focus: Spine

Objective: Develop rotation from the trunk.

Apparatus: Mat

Start Position: Sit upright, with legs extended out in front of you, feet flexed and slightly wider than Mat distance apart. Arms extend out to the side, parallel to the floor.

Movement: Inhale to extend upward through the spine. Exhale and twist the body, reaching the pinky finger to brush past the pinky toe. Inhale to rotate back up to a center seated position, then exhale to twist and repeat to the other side. Repeat this series 3 to 5 times.
What You'll Need: Mat

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May 30, 2024
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This exercise is called saw. For saw, we learn how to rotate from the trunk. When we do saw in our practice, we do 3 to 5 reps and reps means left to right is 1. So 3 to 5 for each side, and we learn again how to rotate from the trunk, the arms are extended out And if your arms or shoulders has anything going on, you can definitely cross at your chest. So let's get into the exercise. Turning to the side.

Your legs will stand long, and you will have your feet slightly wider than your mat. You're gonna flex at the ankles and keep the toes coming point towards you. Pulling the ribs away from the hips, extend the arms out to the side. In the center, we inhale So here, we're breathing. When we inhale in the center, when we twist, we are going to exhale out As we exhale, we curl the spine, push the ribs back, and we twist our pinky toe towards our pinky finger.

And then we come back to the center inhaling. Again, we twist exhaling rounding towards our feet. Pinky toe comes a ping picky finger. And then we come back at the top. You ready? Let's try it.

Inhale center. Exhale twist and curl. Inhale to center. Exhale twist, inhale center, exhale twist, inhale center, exhale twist, one more for me on this side, inhale center, exhale twist, Inhale to the center, exhale twist, and come back to the center, rest your arms. Again, this exercise is called saw.

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Katie S
Wonderful teaching. Merci!

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