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yoga • reach down • balancing
fall over • loose
  1. She has been on her head for close to five minutes now.
  2. It's hard to keep my back because it hurts when you touch it.
  3. After only 2 months of yoga I can and touch the floor.
  4. It's easier if you look at a spot on the floor. Then you won't as easily.
  5. I learned a new position today at class.
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#408 Yoga
Marion talks about her fondness for Yoga.

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went to a yoga class

The first time I went to a yoga class was with my friend many years ago.

You can 'go to a yoga class' to practice or to learn new moves in yoga. Notice the following:

  1. He went to a lot of yoga when he lived in China.
  2. This morning we went to yoga class, so my back feels great now.

reach down to touch your toes

You have to reach down to touch your toes or stretch out your arms or legs.

When you 'reach down to touch your toes' it means that you bend the top part of your body down in the direction of the floor and try to put your fingers on your toes. Notice the following:

  1. If you aren't flexible it is difficult to reach down and touch your toes.
  2. After a long run it feels good to reach down and touch your toes.

practice balancing

Another part of yoga is when you have to practice balancing.

When you 'balance' it means that you have to keep your weight in such a way that you don't fall over. When you try to stand on only one foot you are balancing. It is important to practice balancing in yoga so you can improve. Notice the following:

  1. If you practice balancing a lot you will quickly improve at yoga.
  2. Gymnasts spend a lot of time practicing balancing.

you might fall over

It's difficult because you feel like you might fall over.

When you 'fall over' you fall to one side or the other because you don't have a good center of balance. When you fall over you can't control your body against gravity. Notice the following:

  1. Many people fall over when they get new glasses because their site is very different.
  2. That chair is broken, so if you aren't careful you might fall over.

let your legs and arms become loose

You lie down on the floor and you let your legs and arms become loose and relaxed.

To relax your muscles you have to let them 'become loose.' This means that you are not using your muscles for anything and they are soft. Notice the following:

  1. At a massage you have to get your arms and legs become loose.
  2. If you don't let your body become loose when you jump you will hurt yourself.