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Quick Heart-Opener Stretch

Standing over a hot stove can cause strains and pains. Here’s a simple, back-soothing move to help work out the kinks.


If you’ve stood at the stove for hours on end, you know what a toll it can take on your back. Aches, pains, strains—it can all add up and make a food-centered holiday less festive. Fortunately, my sister, Eloisa, has just the cure to help get the kinks out, and it takes less than a minute.
It’s a yoga stretch called “heart opener” and it’s great to use when you’ve been stuck in one stressful posture for too long—in front of the stove, at your computer, wherever. Here’s how you do it:
Standing with your feet hip-distance apart, reach your hands behind you, then, one hand in a fist, clasp them together at the base of your back. Looking straight ahead, lift your clasped hands as high as you can behind you, pulling your shoulder blades together. Hold for five full breaths.

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