Lord of the Dance Pose: How-to, Tips, Benefits
How-to: While standing, shift your weight onto one foot. Bend your other knee, lifting your foot up behind your thigh with the knee pointing down. Hold the inside of that ankle with your hand. Gently press your ankle into your hand, reaching your knee back and up. Lean your body forward as you extend your lifted leg, and reach your other arm up in line with your body.
Tips: To make balance easier, keep your lifted ankle firmly pressed into your hand, and keep your standing leg strong and straight.
Benefits: Opens the chest, spine, and fronts of upper thighs. Good for 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.