This variation of the basic Downward Facing Dog deepens the calf stretch even more, plus it challenges your balance for a little core workout.
- Begin in Down Dog. Step both feet together so your big toes are touching.
- Shift weight into your hands and your left foot equally. Then raise your right leg up to the ceiling. Try to keep your shoulders parallel with the ground, and gaze at your left thigh or up toward your belly to help you stay balanced. To feel the stretch in your left hamstring, try to keep pressing your left heel down toward the ground.
- Stay here for five or more breaths, and then lower your right leg down and switch sides.
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