How-to: From a high lunge, reach your arms straight forward, shift your weight forward to balance on your front foot, and bring your arms, body and back leg all in one line parallel to the ground.
Tips: By shifting your body gradually forward until there is no weight on your back foot, you’ll be able to lift rather than jump into this pose. To save your lower back, you can also keep your arms reaching back by your sides, or take a prayer under your chest.
Benefits: Strength, balance and focus.
Michael Taylor is a yoga guide at Strala Yoga in New York City. (Michael prefers "guide" to "instructor"). He's practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than two decades. He holds a degree in mind-body medicine from Harvard, and studied alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. Mike is also the CEO of social media company Odyl, climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles.