Photography by: Ericka McConnell
Stand with your feet about 3 feet apart; turn your left foot out so your toe is pointing sideways, and rotate your right foot so it's at about a 45- to 90-degree angle with your left foot. Inhale and extend your arms out to your sides at shoulder height, palms down. Exhale and bend your left knee so it's aligned over your left ankle. Keep your right leg straight and draw your belly up and in. Hold the pose for 1 breath, then release and repeat on the opposite side. Do this move 6 times on each side, breathing progressively. On the successive repetitions, hold the position for 2 breaths, then 3, 4, 5, and finally 6 breaths.