Lean to the right and place your right elbow on
your right thigh, as close to your knee as you can.
Rest your arm loosely across your abdomen.
Turn your left shoulder back, twisting your spine
upward from its base. Inhale and stretch up with
your left hand.
Still holding your big toe—or with the back
of your hand against your inner leg wherever
it feels most comfortable—bend your right
elbow and stretch it back in line with your
left arm, as if pulling back a powerful bow.
Breathe deeply, stretch into your left heel,
and press your right knee down.
Return to the center. Inhale, extend your
right arm up, exhale, bend your elbow,
and let your forearm drop behind your
back. Inhale and bend your left arm behind
your back. If your fingers meet, hook them
together to stretch further as you exhale.
Repeat the sequence on the other side.
Exhale, swing your body to the left, and hook
your big toe with your index finger. If you can’t
reach your toe, use a yoga strap around your
foot. Use your left elbow as a fulcrum to turn
your torso out as you inhale and extend your
right arm over your head.
If your hands do not touch,
keep your neck relaxed and
resist arching your back
in this pose helps
you stretch with
a straight back
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