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10 Yoga Poses for Beginners

9. Side Lying Twist

This is an excellent cool down pose, and a great way to balance the work you did in Cobra/Upward dog. Start by laying on your back with your hands straight out in a “T” or cactus, depending on your space. Bring your knees up to ninety degrees so your shins are parallel with the ground. On the exhale, lower your legs to your right side and let your gaze twist to the left. On the inhale, bring your legs back to center. Exhale again and repeat this motion on the left side, bringing your gaze to the right side. Like with Cat/Cow, stay in this position and alternate for as long or as little as you need.

Woman doing side lying twist
Photo Courtesy of Yoga Journal