How-to: From hands and knees, bring your forearms to the ground, elbows right under your shoulders. Clasp your fingers lightly together. Tuck toes and walk your feet out until body is in a plank.
Tips: To build arm and shoulder strength, particularly for forearm stands, rock your shoulders forward of your elbows, and then back behind your elbows. Keep your belly lifted and lower back puffed up with your breath.
Benefits: Builds strength in arms, shoulders and abdomen.
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.