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Start in downward dog: Get on all fours on floor, then tuck toes under and press hips back and up toward ceiling as you step feet back a few steps to form an inverted V, balancing on palms and feet. (Try to keep heels on floor or as close to touching floor as possible.)
Maintaining V position, lift right foot off mat, bend right knee 90 degrees, and raise leg so that right thigh is in line with back.
Keeping bent right leg in air throughout, bend left leg 90 degrees to lower knee toward mat, then straighten it again.
Do 10 reps. Switch legs; repeat.
Fire-it-up tip: To sizzle more fat anytime you hit the mat, try this combo from the YogaWorks Body Slim class: Perform sun salutations at a fast clip for 2 minutes, then do your fave poses for the next 4. Repeat for a workout that burns 300 calories per hour.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.