The 12 Days of Fitmas Day 7: Puppy Stretch

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How: Perform a modified yoga child’s pose, keeping your hips high in the air. Arch your upper back and attempt to gently touch your chin to the floor.  

Why: Dancers often overuse their low back for moves like firebirds and backbends. Improving upper-back flexibility can increase artistic quality of movement and keep the low back safer. 

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