Reclining Half Ankle to Knee Pose: How-to, Tips, Benefits

Tension in your hips and lower back go together. This one helps with both. Remember there's no need to force anything, just go easy with your breath and your body will open up in its own time.

How-to: Lie down on your back, feet planted behind your hips, knees up. Lift one knee close to your chest and open your hip, placing ankle on your opposite thigh just above the knee. Lifting your foot off the ground, reach your arms forward to hold your shin, and draw your knee gently toward your chest.

Tips: To protect your knees, keep your feet flexed by reaching out through your heels and drawing the toes gently back toward you. Use the weight of your arms and deep exhales to release your legs closer to your chest and open your hips.

Benefits: Opens the hips and releases the lower back.

Michael Taylor

Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. 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. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.

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