Relieves stiffness in the back and shoulders; strengthens legs.
1. From Tadasana, jump and spread the legs about 3 or 4 feet apart.
2. Stretch the arms to the side in a line, right palm facing downward, left palm facing up.
3. Turn the right foot 90 degrees and the left foot slightly to the right.
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Exhale and bend the right knee. The right thigh should be parallel to the floor.
5. Keep the left leg stretched and the knee in line.
6. Stretch both arms, then turn the face to the right and line the eyes with the right palm.
7. Stretch thoroughly and breathe.
8. Repeat for the opposite side.
Note: This pose is strenuous. Avoid it if you have a heart condition or are not very strong.
The sitting poses are good poses to align the spine, steady the body, and focus concentration. They are considered calming poses.