#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 49

Standing Figure Four

Benefits:

  • Helps strengthen the leg.
  • Stretches the thighs and knees.
  • Improves balance.

Foundation & General Alignment:

  • Start standing on one leg, other leg bent.
  • Bent leg comes up like tree pose.
  • Reach down and pull foot across standing leg. Rest foot/ankle on thigh.
  • Keep foot flexed, not pointed.
  • Hands can be on hips  -- wherever is most comfortable.
  • Pelvis is in a natural position.
  • Head is facing forward and shoulders are back away from ears.

Common Problems:

  • Foot is not flexed.
  • Ankle is resting on knee not thigh.
  • Shoulders are hunched forward.

Modifications:

  • Can place hands on walls for balance.
  • Can do tree pose instead.
  • This pose can also been done laying flat on back.

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