Begin in downward dog. Take 10 slow and deep breaths in and out the nose with the mouth closed. Walk the hands back to meet the feet as you lift your right leg in the air. Shift weight into your left foot, and both hands equally. Walk your hands slightly ahead your left standing foot. As you inhale gently lengthen through the spine, as you exhale slowly straighten your right extended leg. To challenge your balance try to balance on one hand, while the opposite hand holds the calf of the standing leg.
**Yogi’s Tip: You can open the hip for the first 5 breaths of standing splits, but then try to keep the front pelvis parallel to the floor by internally rotating the thigh. Your leg will not be able to lift as high, stay here for an additional 5-10 breaths.
Repeat on the other side taking 10 breaths in downward dog between sides.
Benefits of Standing Splits Pose:
- Stimulates the liver and kidneys.
- Stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, calves, knees, and ankles.
- Calms the nervous system and relieves stress.