This yoga pose (also known as Utthan Pristhasana Variation) opens up the hip flexors and helps ease back pain and tension.

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Benefits

Supple hips can ease back pain and increase circulation to the legs. Hip openings also allow us to let go of the stress and negative emotions that we store in our hips, creating tightness and discomfort.

In the case of disc problems, only practise hip openings with a yoga teacher.

What you'll do

From downward facing dog, step your right foot to the outside of your right hand, lining the edge of the foot up with the edge of the mat and drop your left knee. You can either stay up on your hands or drop down, placing your forearms on the ground for a more intense variation.

If these two options for the hand and arm placement are too much for your hips, simply raise the floor by placing a stack of books under you hands.

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