There's almost nothing as gratifying as eating the fruits of your gardening labors—but fresh produce isn't the only reward to come out of working in the garden. Gardening is also a great way to stay fit and healthy by sneaking some exercise into your weekly routine. Of course, the downside is that the constant pulling, pushing, and lifting motions involved with it can leave us feeling a bit stiff and out of alignment. For relief, we turned to yoga instructor Rebecca Lerner, codirector of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Central Pennsylvania in Lemont, PA, to suggest some poses everyday gardeners could practice to rejuvenate after a day of weeding, mulching, hoeing, digging, and pruning. Here are eight chosen specifically to soothe gardeners' sore spots.
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