Reclining Knee to Shoulder: 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 Reclining Knee to Shoulder Pose.

How-to: Lie down flat on your back. Lift one knee and bend it toward your shoulder, using your arms to gently pull the knee closer to your body. Your opposite leg can remain straight, or be slightly bent.

Tips: Don’t use a lot of effort to pull knee toward you. Wrap your hands around your shin, or hook your arm over your shin just behind you knee, and use only the weight of your arms and your exhales to gently drop the knee closer to your body.

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.

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