HOW TO: Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana)

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This is such a great pose to test and improve your balance as well as really stretch and open your chest, shoulders, hips, and thighs.  I love incorporating this whenever I’m practicing Balancing Table Pose as it really goes well with this one.  It can be challenging to grab your foot in this pose while keeping your hips level so if you’re having trouble with that try using a yoga strap around the lifted foot (you can also use a scarf or tie if you don’t have a strap).

Instructions:
Begin on your hands and knees in table pose

On an inhale lift your left leg back behind you bending it at the knee and pointing your toes towards the ceiling.

Push into your left hand as you carefully lift your right hand reaching it back and taking hold of the inside of your left foot.

Press the top of your foot into the hand to raise the leg higher towards the ceiling.

Hold for several breaths.

Benefits:
Opens and stretches the chest and shoulders

Stretches the hips, thighs and abdomen

Strengthens the upper back, arms, shoulders, and core muscles

Improves balance and concentration

 

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