1. From the normal Down Dog Pose, lift your left leg up in the air.
2. Once you are stable, begin to shift your weight into your left hand and right leg.
3. Pick your right hand up from off the ground. You have 3 choices as to where to place your right hand. They are outlined as follows, from beginner, to expert:
3a. Rotate your right hand so that your fingers are pointing towards your toes and rest softly on the ground
3b. Place your right hand on the back of your right calf. Be sure to do so in a slow and controlled manner.
3c. Lift your right arm up as you spin your chest towards the sky. If it feels natural for your gaze to follow your right hand, go ahead and look up, in the direction of your right fingertips.
4. Hold the pose for 15-60 seconds, then switch sides.
Refrain from this if you’re pregnant or if you have any back injuries. This variation is amazing for independently strengthening each arm.
The prolonged twist in this variation stimulates digestion, detoxifies the body and boosts metabolism!