Curling has been called as tactical as chess, but this dynamic winter sport works not only the mind but also the legs, back and groin muscles. If your day's been filled with sweeping to victory, Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) has got your number: this standing pose is a deep chest opener that also stretches and strengthens the legs and groin muscles.
Start in tadasana, or mountain pose. Your feet should be hips' width apart, hands at your side with palms open and facing forwards. Take several deep breaths and take time to spread out your toes, feeling your connection with the ground.
From standing position, step your feet 3-4 feet apart and come into Warrior 2: point your right toes forward and turn your left heel in so it is at a 45 degree angle.
Your right heel should be parallel with the centre of your left arch. Extend your arms out to the side, palms down, and make sure your fingers are active and charged. Bend your right knee so that your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Turn your gaze forwards, over your right fingertips.
Bring your right elbow to your right knee and rest it lightly on your thigh. Extend your left arm upwards, making a straight line with the left side of your body. Bring your gaze up to the ceiling (or the sky!) Feel the stretch opening through the left side of your body and your chest. Continue to reach up through your fingertips. For a fuller expression of the pose, float your left arm up and over your ear and reach dynamically forwards. Breathe deeply.
When you're ready to leave the pose, bring your right arm up and extend it forwards, returning to Warrior 2.
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