7. Marichyasana A
This pose and the next are part of the same series of poses, “Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi.” “In yoga, you always have a forward bend, a twist, and a back bend,” says Lewis. “It helps release tension in the spine.” With these two poses, your abdominal organs, liver, and kidney are also massaged and stimulated. Normally, this first part of the pose is performed with the hands clasped behind the back, but Lewis suggests that beginners place their hands flat on the mat at their sides, as pictured at left. After you've held one leg straight with the other bent for 3 to 5 breaths, switch legs and repeat.