Lotus Pose: 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 Lotus.

How-to: Sit in a cross-legged position. Ease your right foot on top of your left thigh, gently pulling your heel toward the top of your inner thigh. Repeat with your left foot.

Tips: To protect your knees, keep your feet flexed, reaching out through your heels.  In the beginning your feet may rest in the crease between your calf and thigh. When your heels are next to your belly, lean out over your heels for a good abdominal massage.

Benefits: Opens the hips. Lines the spine up for sitting meditation.

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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