EFFECT: Works on balance, opens hips, improves focus.

PROPS: None.

GAZE: Up toward the ceiling

PRECEDING POSES: Mountain pose

COUNTERPOSES: Mountain pose, Standing Forward Fold

PRECAUTIONS: Never place the lifted foot directly on the knee joint of your standing leg. Always place it above or below the joint.

STEPS:

1. Start in Mountain pose. Turn your left toes out to the left and bend your knee as you bring your left foot up to the inside of your right leg.

2. Press the sole of your left foot and the inside of your right leg into each other.

3. Extend your arms overhead with straight elbows. Repeat on the other side.

TIP: To play with your balance, try this pose with your eyes closed