In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Revolved Half Moon Pose.
How-to: From a low lunge, shift your weight onto 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. Keep your fingers opposite your standing leg on the ground and reach your other arm back then straight open in the air, rolling your middle and upper just open to the side.
Tips: Keep lifting strongly through the back of your lifted thigh and hip, and extend straight through both legs. Use your exhales to twist your middle and upper chest open to the side until your shoulders are stacked vertical.
Benefits: Tones the backs of your thighs. Good for balance and circulation.
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.