- Makes the gluteus maximus and quadriceps stronger
- Gives hip flexors a good stretching
- Opens up shoulders, lungs, and chest
- Helps improve balance
“Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.”Linda Sparrowe
Start in either downward facing dog or tabletop. Step your right foot forward in between the hands above your middle fingers. Check the distance between your left knee and your right heel and make it approximately hip-distance apart. Notice that your left hip should be further forward than your left knee. Align your right knee above your right ankle. Press the four corners of your right foot against the mat and push the back of your left foot down. Point the right heel to the back and hug your inner thighs in. Draw your navel towards the spine and ribs in. Inhale reach your hands over your head. Broaden across the collar bones. Lift the chest up towards the crown of your head as you lengthen both sides of your torso. You can look forward or look up at the sky. Take a couple of breaths here. Slowly drop both of your hands down. And repeat the process on the other side of the body.