Standing Splits Pose (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)

EFFECT: Stretches hamstrings, works on balance. PROPS: One or two blocks. GAZE: Down past tip of nose PRECEDING POSES: Standing Forward Fold, Warrior III, Crescent COUNTERPOSES: Mountain pose PRECAUTIONS: If this pulls too deeply on the hamstring of the standing leg, bend your knee or use a block or two under your fingertips to get … Read moreStanding Splits Pose (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)

Warrior III Pose (Virabhadrasana III)

EFFECT: Strengthens back and legs, works on balance. PROPS: Two blocks. GAZE: Beyond the hands PRECEDING POSES: Crescent, Tree COUNTERPOSES: Standing Forward Fold, Mountain pose PRECAUTIONS: If this pose bothers your lower back, try modifying the position of your arms by bringing hands to prayer at your heart or alongside you, reaching toward the back … Read moreWarrior III Pose (Virabhadrasana III)

Down Dog Split Pose (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana)

EFFECT: Stretches hamstrings and hips, works on balance, calming PROPS: NONE GAZE: Between feet or navel PRECEDING POSES: Down Dog COUNTERPOSES: Mountain pose PRECAUTIONS: Opening the hip here may cause lower back pain; to avoid that, keep your lifted toes pointed toward the ground. STEPS: 1. Start in Down Dog. Lift your right leg up … Read moreDown Dog Split Pose (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana)