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Goddess Pose

Standing posture that opens your chest and hips.
 

Goddess Pose, also known as Victory Squat, opens your chest and hips, while strengthening your lower body. You can use this pose to warm up and energize your entire body.
 
Practicing Goddess Pose can help you feel empowered, as well as build your self-discipline. Try to focus on honoring your feminine energy as you hold the pose. As you breathe in Goddess Pose, visualize the spirit of a goddess coursing through your body.
 
Once you feel comfortable performing Goddess Pose, you can deepen the pose by moving your sitting bones closer to the floor. When deepening the pose, make sure you do not overextend your knees.
 
If you find Goddess Pose places too much strain on your arms and shoulders, you can rest your palms on your thighs. Make sure you use caution performing this pose if you have a leg, hip, back or shoulder injury.
 
Steps:
Begin in Five Pointed Star Pose.
Turn your right foot to the right 45 degrees and turn your left foot to the left 45 degrees.
Bend your knees and lower your hips toward the floor. Your knees should not extend past your toes.
Tilt your pelvis under to lengthen your spine.
Bend your elbows and point your fingertips toward the ceiling.
Turn your palms to face your body.
(Your elbows should be pointing toward the floor and should be slightly lower than your shoulders.)
Point the crown of your head toward the ceiling and gaze straight ahead.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then return to Five Pointed Star Pose.
 
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