How-to: From a Warrior 2, lean back over your back leg keeping your body directly open to the side. Rest your back hand lightly on your calf, and reach your front arm either straight up or past your ear to the back.
Tips: Begin your lean back with your back ribs, keeping them as long as possible before coming all the way back. Breathe strongly into your ribs to get a great side-opener.
Benefits: Opening in the ribs. Strengthens thighs.
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.