Cow Face Pose: How-to, Tips, Benefits
Yoga Poses for Beginners - Cow Face PoseCow Face pose is an addition to my Yoga Poses for Beginners library here at MindBodyGreen. It's a great restorative pose that many find helpful in dealing with back pain, as well as deep hip opening. Here's how you can get started.

How-to: From hands and knees, cross one knee behind the other, and rest it outside of the opposite calf. Keep the back knee pressed forward, widen your ankles out to the sides, and lower your hips to sit down between your heels.

Tips: Keep your feet close to symmetrical on each side, with heels touching your hips. You can stay upright, or gradually lean your body forward over your thighs. Relax your head down, and rest your hands or forearms on the ground.

Benefits: Opens the hips, releases lower back.
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Mike is a guide and resident healer at Strala Yoga in New York. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than three decades, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he happily become more interested in supporting bodies than disrupting them, and continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university.

Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. He worked at a steel mill for a while, joined a web company, and then founded a few more. He now serves on the board of Odyl, which helps people discover books on Facebook.

As Strala's co-founder, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives. Mike is a mountaineer, runner, cyclist, skier, and snowboarder. Check out Michael's MBG Video Course, The Complete Guide To Yoga.

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