Stand at the front of your mat with your feet slightly separated and your torso forward. Extend your left arm forward, parallel to the floor. Bend your right leg and reach your right hand backward to grab your right ankle or foot.
Lock your eyes on a steady focal point as you begin to kick your right foot upward into your hand, but be sure to keep your gaze soft. To deepen, hinge from your hips and lean forward slowly while continuing to press your right foot upward into your hand. Hold for seven full breaths.
Use an inhale to come up and repeat the same pose on the second side.
Dedicating The Merit Meditation
Once you've completed the sequence, come to a standing position at the front of your mat and close your eyes. Take ten full inhales and exhales.
At the end of the breathing exercise, take a moment to think of someone in your life who could use some positive energy. Mentally send them any positive energy from your practice and imagine them receiving happiness and healing.
Model: Meg Scannell
Photos: Ian MacLellan