In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Chair Pose.
How-to: Stand with your feet together, and sink your hips as your reach your arms up alongside your ears. Keep your weight on your heels, and knees far enough back that you can see your toes.
Tips: Keep your back from arching by tucking your tailbone and pulling in your middle ribs. Keep sinking in your hips and lifting your body and arms closer to vertical.
Benefits: Strengthens thighs. Builds patience.
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.