13 Kripalu Yoga Moves
Photography by: Dave Lauridsen
Stand tall with your arms at your sides. Take a big step forward with your right foot and bend your knee, letting your hips sink toward the ground. Bring your hands to rest just above your right knee to stabilize the posture. Position your right knee directly over the ankle, sliding your left foot back as needed to establish a strong base; the left heel remains lifted. Press into the left heel to straighten the rear leg and engage the leg muscles. Square the hips by bringing your left hip forward and right hip back. If you feel steady and balanced in the pose, inhale and sweep your arms out to the sides and overhead, shoulder-width apart and palms facing in. Elongate your spine by letting your hips sink toward the ground as you lift your sternum, extend through the crown, and press your fingertips toward the sky. Continue to gaze straight ahead. To release, exhale and bring your hands to rest above your right knee. Use your hands to support your weight as you step your left foot forward. Stand tall again and rest for a moment as your breath returns to normal. Repeat on the opposite side.