In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Half Happy Baby.
How-to: Lie down flat on your back. Lift one knee and bend it toward your shoulder. Keeping the knee bent close to your body, bring the bottom of your foot to face the ceiling, shin perpendicular to the ground. Hold your foot with one or both hands, allowing the knee to drop outside your body toward the floor.
Tips: You’ll get the best muscle release when you let your whole body open up with your breath, so don’t use a lot of effort to pull your knee down. The weight of your arms plus relaxing as you exhale is enough.
Benefits: Opens the hips and top fronts of thighs.
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.