The low lunge and high lunge in yoga is perfect for stretching the entire front of the body, from the chest to the hips. In the high lunge, you also build strength and endurance in the lower body. Adding a ball to the movement can provide support, allowing you to deepen the stretch and get more out of the exercise.
- From a downward dog position, inhale and lift the right leg straight up until your body is in a straight line.
- Keep the leg straight, foot flexed and the toes pointing to the floor.
- Hold for one breath, lower the leg and swing it forward into a lunge, bringing the knee next to the ball.
- Lean hips into the ball and sweep the arms overhead, holding for 3 breaths.
- Lift the back knee off the floor into a high lunge, using the ball to support the hips. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths and repeat the series on the other leg.