Pose of the Week: High Lunge
(virabhadrasana 1 prep)
(from mountain back of mat)
Step right foot forward toward front of mat.
Lift arms overhead, hands shoulder-width apart.
Bend right knee directly above heel—shin vertical.
Square hips somewhat.
Lift chin slightly, look straight ahead (more difficult: look up).
Move back heel vertical, heel directly above toe mounds.
Straighten back leg.
Tighten glutes, press tailbone down, tone abdomen.
Minimize backbend in low back.
Lift chest, stretch spine.
Stretch arms up, back.
Repeat on the second side.