The crescent pose opens up the front of the body, stretching the hip flexors, abdominals and upper chest.
How to do the crescent pose:
- From Face Down Dog step the right foot forwards between the hands.
- Release the back knee and the top of the back foot to the floor.
- Keep the right knee directly over the ankle.
- Slide the back leg away from you slightly to increase the stretch on the back hip.
- As you inhale, stretch the arms up over the head, keeping the shoulders down away from the ears.
- Draw the lower belly in and up as you tuck the tailbone toward the floor. Stay for 5 breaths.
- Bring the hands down either side of the front foot, tuck the back toes under and push back up into Face Down Dog.
What to watch out for:
- Keep the front knee directly over the ankle joint. Variations: For more intensity try doing Cow Face pose arms in this pose.
- Knee problems - If you have any pain in the knee joint then release off straight away. Pad the back knee if the pressure on the floor causes discomfort.
Our instructor is Polly Clark; yoga teacher and founder of Mountain Yoga Breaks who offer weekends combining mountain biking and yoga in the beautiful Welsh countryside.