Butterfly (Stretching)

Butterfly

Move: Sit on the floor. Keep your spine straight and draw your heels together. Let your knees drop to the sides. Place your hands on your feet with the thumbs on the insides of your feet. Open up the soles of the feet as if you were opening a book. Your elbows can press your knees open at this point if you like. Use your breath to open the stretch. Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.

Tips:

• Sit up tall. Keep your chest up and your spine straight.

• If you cannot lean forward into the stretch, it is fine to keep your hands behind your hips and use them to press your body forward.

• If you find it hard to sit up straight, try sitting on a firm pillow to raise your hips a couple of inches off the floor.

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