Strike a pose

Mike Curtis started The Yoga Place in Jackson Township when few yoga studios–and fewer yoga students–existed.

Mike Curtis started The Yoga Place in Jackson Township when few yoga studios–and fewer yoga students–existed.

“It wasn’t a business decision,” said Curtis who began The Yoga Place in 1995 and Yoga Central two years ago. “It was really a passion.”

We asked Curtis for a sequence of poses that beginners could do at home–without incense, lighted candles or pricey yoga pants. He prescribed the following four poses to counter the long hours many people spend hunched over a desk.

For each pose, keep your thighs and belly tight while holding your back in a neutral position. Hold each pose for five controlled breaths.

Find The Yoga Place and Yoga Central at theyogaplaceohio.com.

Wall dog: Bend forward from your hips and place your palms flat against the wall. Push your hands into the wall while pulling your hips to the opposite wall to stretch your hamstrings and release your back.

Calf stretch: Standing a few feet from a wall, lunge one foot forward. Place your forearms on the wall with hands clasped and lean forward. Straighten your back leg, pushing your heel to the floor. Switch feet.

Chair lunge: Step one foot on a chair and place your palms high on the wall. Keep the heel down and knee straight on your back leg. Push your armpits toward the wall to stretch your calf, groin and shoulders. Switch feet.

Spinal twist: Standing to the side of a chair, place the foot closer to the wall on the chair. Twist your torso toward the wall. Place the hand closer to your raised leg on the outside of your bent knee and pull it away from the wall, while pushing the palm of your other hand into the wall. Switch sides.

 

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