No matter what your age or fitness level, “movement is medicine,” says integrated fitness expert Amanda Jane Avis ’96 of Santa Monica fitness studio Mala Motion and a former UCLA Dance Team member.

Warrior 3 - Movement as Medicine1. Stand tall with feet together, shoulders over hips, hips over heels. (This is called Mountain Pose.) Begin to lean your torso forward.
2. Slide the left leg behind you to create a T shape, trying to create a parallel line to the floor. Allow the arms to move flush alongside of the body. Maintain your connection to the abdominal muscles in order to protect your back.
3. Ensure that your eyes either gaze downward or slightly forward and in front of your standing leg. Think of drawing the inner thigh and quadriceps muscles of the right leg up, while rooting the lower leg muscles down into the earth.
4. Reach energy through your left leg and heel to achieve maximum stretch of the hamstrings. Hold this pose for five full breaths.
5. Return to Mountain Pose and change sides.

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Photo by Hugh Hamilton

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Amanda Jane Avis

Amanda Jane Avis began her exploration of movement as a child. Her very early dance training sparked an intense curiosity of anatomy and physiology, which led her to study the amazing human body after receiving her B.A. in dance from UCLA in 1996. She invites people of all disciplines and levels of athleticism to explore Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Raising the Barre, and dance. Amanda Jane is currently seeing clients online and in person.

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