In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Half Moon Pose.

How-to:
From a low lunge, shift your weight into your front foot, and lift your back leg parallel to the ground. Bring your body parallel, arms straight under your shoulders, fingers tented on the ground. Roll your hip then belly then shoulders open to the side. Reach your top arm straight up.

Tips:
Balance by stacking your weight vertical from hip to knee to standing heel, reach strongly out through your lifted heel, and forward through the top of your head.

Benefits
: Opens hips, builds 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.