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Yoga Pose of the Month: Balancing Bear Pose 

click to enlarge Balancing Bear pose
  • Balancing Bear pose

Benefits:

  • Builds core strength
  • Stretches arms and legs
  • Improves concentration and balance
  • Boosts energy

Steps:

  1. Sit on the floor with your spine tall and legs bent in front of you.
  2. Hold on to your right foot with your right hand.
  3. Try lifting your right foot into the air while engaging core muscles. Keep your left hand and foot on the ground for balance.
  4. Switch sides.
  5. For an added challenge, try straightening one leg and then the other with hands behind you or with both hands on feet.

Have Fun!

  • Read and act out Yoga Bear by Sarah Jane Hinder or Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson.
  • Go on a bear hunt.
Pose description courtesy of Susan Cline Lucey, owner of Evolution Prenatal + Family Yoga Center in Burlington and Essex Junction.

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