Stand tall with your feet slightly apart. Shift your weight into your left leg, firmly grounding down through your left foot. Take hold of your right ankle with your right hand, and place your right foot on the inside of your left thigh, above the knee. Press your foot into your thigh as you press your leg back into your foot; think of creating equal pressure between the two. If you’re having trouble getting your foot to stay, hold onto the right ankle with your right hand as you bring the left hand up to heart center; otherwise, bring your hands together at heart center. Keep your gaze soft, with your eyes focused on a point in front of you on the ground. Hold for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Margaret Burns Vap is a yoga instructor/entrepreneur, and the founder of Big Sky Yoga Retreats, offering yoga and outdoor fitness getaways in Big Sky & Bozeman, Montana.
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