- Relieves leg and ankle swelling.
- Relieves leg cramps.
- Stretches upper and lower back.
- Opens up and relaxes shoulders.
- Relieves neck tension.
- Opens up chest to restore breathing during late pregnancy.
- You can rest in this pose during labor to ease tensions.
- Sit in a kneeling position with thighs and knees parallel on each side. You may raise your body by siting on a towel or cushion if your knees feel uncomfortable.
- Sit up and stretch your spine. Inhale, raise your right arm and reach behind your back.
- At the same time, place your left arm down, around your lower back and up in order to hold your right hand. (as shown in the above picture.) Exhale.
- Make sure you stretch your arms and open up your shoulders and chest for your hands to clasp. You may hold a towel between your hands if your hands cannot meet.
- Keep breathing steadily for 30 seconds before alternating this pose with the other arm.
- Relax and straighten your legs. Lie on your back with your legs straight to rest.