Standing Split: How-to, Tips, Benefits

In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on how to do a Standing Split.

How-to:
From standing, shift your weight to one foot, bring your fingers to the ground and lift your other leg up behind you. Your can keep your hips square, or lift the leg a bit higher by opening your hip and pressing your hands into the ground.

Tips:
If your hands don’t reach the ground, you can use blocks or just bend a bit in your standing knee. You can also soften your lifted knee to get more of an opening in your hip and the front of your thigh.

Benefits
: Opens thighs and hips.
 




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.