In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Bound Half Moon Pose.
How-to: From a low lunge, rest your opposite forearm on your front thigh and reach your other arm behind your back. Wrap your arms around the middle of your front thigh, holding either fingers or a wrist. Keeping your front knee bent, slowly shift forward until your weight is entirely on your front foot and your back foot lifts easily off the ground. Gently extend out through both legs.
Tips: For better balance, keep your standing leg slightly bent while you lengthen out through your body and lifted leg.
Benefits: Balance, focus, 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.