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Summer Shape Up Challenge: Warrior II

Demonstrated by Taylor Nelms

Warrior II – Start in mountain pose and slightly step apart so that your feet are roughly 4 feet apart. Raise your arms so that they are in line with your legs and parallel to the floor. Turn your left foot to the left by about 90 degrees and turn your right foot slightly to the right. Making sure your heels are aligned, reach out with your left leg so that the knee is centered above the ankle. Stretch your arms out as far as you can and open your shoulders. Look to your left, keeping your head in line with the left arm. Hold for 30 seconds. Benefits: Opens the chest while stretching the hips, groin and shoulders. Improves circulation, respiration and energizes the body. Tips: By turning your palms and inner elbows toward the ceiling and then reverting them back to their original positions you’ll be able to deepen the stretch and build strength in the arms.