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Simple Arm and Leg Raises

In my yoga class, we always start slowly with simple stretches and asanas until most of the muscle groups in our bodies are warmed up. Today my instructor put us on all fours, which he calls “tabletop,” and had us raise the opposite arm and leg in the air while supported by the other two. It seemed simple enough—I’ve done it before—but today it was impossible for me. I flailed around like a wounded gull.

Finally, noticing my weird movements, the instructor looked at me and smiled ruefully, “You’re trying to lift the arm and leg on the same side of your body. It’s never going to work.”

We both had a laugh.

“It’s the story of my life,” I said.