Stand in Mountain Pose, with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Palms facing forward.
Realize that yes, Mountain Pose is the same as “just standing.”
Shift your weight onto your left foot.
Bend your right knee moving your foot straight back and up.
Reach your right hand down, palm facing outwards and clasp the inner arch of your right foot, wrapping your fingers over top.
Find your balance.
Draw your knees together and find your balance.
Reach your left arm overhead, facing your palm to the right.
Relax your shoulders, if they have shrugged towards your ears, roll them back and down, while keeping your left arm up.
By fixing your gaze on an unmoving spot ahead, find your balance. A spot where the floor meets the ground works well, and keeps you from making uncomfortable eye contact with your reflection.
Make sure your left kneecap and toes haven’t strayed. They should be pointing straight forward.
Find your balance and when you feel ready, begin to press your right foot away from your body as you lean your torso ever-slightly forward. Keep your chest lifted and continue reaching your left fingertips toward the ceiling.
Raise your right foot as high as you can, bringing your thigh parallel to the floor. No pressure, but higher if possible. While your leg reaches up, tuck your tailbone toward the ground to avoid compressing your lower back. Your right knee should be in line with your body so be careful not to let it splay open to the side.
Balance and breathe. One.
Balance and breathe. Two.
Balance and breathe. Three.
Balance and breathe. Four.
Balance and breathe. Five.
Slowly and gently lower your leg and reverse these steps, returning you to your starting position.
For balance, repeat on the left side.
BALANCE / UNBALANCED
Thursday, May 17 | 7:00-10:00 PM