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Summer Shape Up Challenge: Bridge Pose

Demonstrated by Taylor Nelms

Bridge Pose – Lie flat on your back and bend your knees so that your feet are hip-distance apart and about 10 inches from your pelvis. Keep your arms and bent legs in a straight line, palms facing down. Using your abs and legs, slowly lift your back off the floor. Lightly roll your shoulder blades to the floor. Move your chin up and away from your chest and try to move your sternum toward your chin. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Benefits: Builds core and lower body strength, energizes the body and lengthens the spine.  Bridge Pose improves digestion, calms the brain and alleviates stress, anxiety and fatigue. Tips: To deepen the stretch, ease your heels off the floor and push your tailbone closer to the pelvis.