In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Eagle Pose.
How-to: From standing, shift your weight onto one foot, bend your knee slightly, then lift your other leg and wrap it over and around your standing leg. Hook the top of your foot behind your standing calf if possible. If your left leg is on top, you can also double wrap your arms so your right arm is on top. Sink your hips square to the front as you lift your elbows.
Tips: Balance is easier if you squeeze the back of your top thigh into the top of your standing thigh, and keep your weight firmly on your standing heel.
Benefits: Strengthens thighs, 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.