Start standing on your knees hip width apart. Breathe in and on the next exhalation bend backwards placing the hands on the heels one at a time. Keep the shoulders wide open and relax the neck back, breathing normally. Open the chest, lifting the torso up as much as possible. Keep the arms perpendicular to the floor and the hips perpendicular to the knees.
This posture helps to open the chest and stretch the front of the torso.
Marcia has been practising yoga for over 20 years and has specialised in the Hatha and Ashtanga schools of yoga, although has also enjoyed learning other branches such as Iyengar. As well as yoga she practices meditation, and plays a wide range of sports, including badminton, cricket, cycling, and walking.