When you have been sitting for far too long, then soothe your back and hips by extending your hip flexors in the High Lunge Pose. This High Lunge is a variation of Virabhadrasana I. You could call it Half-Warrior One Pose, or Ardha Virabhadrasana.
(Pronounced as "are-dah VEER-ah-bud-RAHS-anna")
According to the Hindu epics, Virabhadra was a great warrior created by Lord Shiva.
While standing, bend forward and touch your toes as in Uttanasana, or Standing Forward Bend. Inhale as you take a step back with your left foot all the way to the back corner of your yoga mat. Keep the ball of your left foot on the mat and heel up. Make sure you stepped back far enough to help create a 90-degree angle with your bent right knee.
Bend forward to rest your torso on top of your right thigh, extending the torso forward. Place your hands on either side of your right foot on the floor. Help your groins open by descending your pelvis closer to the floor, trying to make the top of your right thigh a flat, level surface. Look straight ahead. Now straighten the left knee behind you. If you can, try to also stretch your left heel down closer to the mat. Breathe normally.
On an exhalation, step your left foot forward again. Rest briefly in Uttanasana before you step your right foot back this time, repeating the same steps on this side for the same amount of time.
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