Saturday, April 10, 2010
Yoga Pose of the Day!
Stand with your feet together and arms at your side, while fixing your gaze at an immobile spot in front of you.
Inhale and bend your right leg backward, taking hold of the inside of your foot with your right hand.
Extend your left arm above your head with your fingertips reaching to the sky.
Slowly lower your left arm straight forward and kick your right leg back as you stretch forward.
Hold the asana (posture) for 5-30 seconds while taking calm, deep breaths, focusing upon the stretching and strengthening of the abdomen.
Tip: Try bracing your free hand against a wall to help you stay stable.
In addition, "this difficult balancing asana develops poise and a graceful carriage. It tones and strengthens the leg muscles. The shoulder blades get full movement and the chest expands fully. All the vertebral joints benefit from the exercise in this pose." -B.K.S. Iyenger "Light on Yoga"