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Improve your balance while strengthening and stretching your legs. Photo: Tony Gazley

The simple lunge pose is a good way to stretch and strengthen your legs, but with the crescent lunge you can also add balance

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and step your left foot back at least one leg length.
  2. Make sure your front knee is over the top of or behind your ankle.
  3. Press your front foot firmly into the ground and lift your back thigh up.
  4. Look about a metre in front of you at a fixed spot on the ground. Bring both hands to your front knee and lift your chest upright.
  5. Bring your hands first to your hips to find your balance, then lift both arms up and relax the shoulders down away from your ears.
  6. To add more challenge to the balance, try looking up.
  7. Keep the back leg strong and hold for 3-4 breaths before bringing your hands to the ground and switching to the other side.