Strengthens and stretches the thighs, knees and ankles
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Helps to relieves stress
*Should not be practiced in the case of diarrhea, headache, high or low blood pressure, heart conditions or neck problems
Begin facing the long edge of your mat. Step the feet out wide - about 1 and a half leg lengths (as in wide legged forward fold). Align the outside of the right foot with the back edge of your mat, and turn the left foot 90 degrees to point forward to the front edge of your mat. Your left heel should align with the inside arch of the right foot. Inhale and lift the arms out to the side at shoulder height. Exhale and reach forward, from the hip, with the left hand. The left arm should remain parallel to the floor, the torso long. Keep the legs engaged by pressing through the ball of the left foot, and back through the outside edge of the right foot. Next, windmill the arms to bring the left hand down to rest on the shin, ankle or ground. Bring the right arm up, stretching it towards the ceiling. Keep the gaze neutral, or, if it's comfortable, shift the gaze up looking past your raised hand.
Stay here for 5-8 breaths.
To release from the pose, slightly bend the front knee, inhale, and press the foot into the ground to return to a standing position. Exhale and release the arms. Change the position of the feet to repeat on the other side, or step back to Mountain Pose.