#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 49

Instructional Picture: How to do the yoga pose standing figure four

 

Wellness Wednesday 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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