Stretches that Make you Look and Feel Taller

By Samara Mackereth

Feb 24, 2013 9:11am

Katie’s Take

“Sit up straight!”  A meme that is easier said than done! But the benefits of straightening up can have a lasting effect on our bodies and minds.

Katie Couric sat down with Tara Stiles, named “Yoga Rebel” by the New York Times and owner of Strala Yoga, to talk about how simple stretches can help our bodies, minds and make us feel and look taller.

Yoga, an exercise that allows increased blood flow through stretching and deep breathing, has been practiced for over 5000 years and practiced by 11 million Americans. Yoga isn’t just for the contortionists; according to Stiles all it requires is deep breathing.

By taking in large breaths, tension in our muscles is released which Stiles says helps aids in overall health from in the inside out. She calls yoga a ‘massage for our organs’ that encourages us to live a healthier and happier lifestyle while increasing our flexibility and strengthening our muscles.

And the great thing is, you don’t have to seek out a yoga studio to take advantage of the benefits. Stiles showed Katie’s some simple stretches that people can do while sitting at their desks or even watching TV.  By taking a few minutes to stretch throughout the day, you can release tension in your body and lengthen your muscles so you can look and feel taller. So straighten up and take a deep breath, you will feel and see a difference immediately.

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