In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose.
How-to: While balancing on one leg, hold the big toe of your lifted foot, open your hip, and gradually extend your leg out to the side.
Tips: There’s no need to completely straighten your lifted leg. Just keep your standing leg straight and strong, and your body vertical.
Benefits: Opens hips. Balance.
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.