2. Press the right hip back and the left hip forward. Lengthen the sides of your waist. Extend back through the sit bones and forward through the crown of the head.
3. Lift the right arm toward the ceiling as you inhale, revolving the torso. Keep legs and feet active.
4. Exhale as you draw the shoulders away from the ears. Draw the shoulder blades back and down toward the spine as you lift the sternum to open the chest. Breathe fully and deeply.
5. Gaze toward your thumb. Hold pose for 3 to 5 breaths.
To come out of the pose, release the twist to return to center, placing both hands on the floor. Press back to Down Dog.
Next week: more yoga
Amy Carroll is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She is an instructor at the YMCA and teaches a 25-minute yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:10 a.m.