Downward Dog 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 Downward Dog Split.

How-to: Keep your arms and legs straight, and inhale to lift one leg up in the air. You can open your hip and body to the side, or keep your hips and shoulders square and your lifted toes pointing at the ground.

Tips: Keep your standing leg strong, and upper chest sinking toward the ground.

Benefits: Opens hips and ribs. Tones the backs of your thighs and butt.

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.

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