Lateral Flexion

Yoga Side Bend

The Yoga side bend is often the least practiced. This missed opportunity is unfortunate because side bends help to stretch and tone the muscles along the sides of the abdomen, rib cage, and spine, keeping your waist trim, your breathing full, and your spine supple.


Sit comfortably in a simple cross-legged position. Place your right palm on the floor, near your right hip. As you inhale, raise your left arm out to the side and up above your head beside your left ear. As you exhale, slide your right hand across the floor out to the right, letting your torso, head, and left arm follow as you bend to the right. As you inhale, return to the upright position. Repeat steps three times and then stay in the bent position for 6 to 8 breaths. Tip: Don’t let your buttocks come off the floor as you bend.

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