This pose stretches the hamstrings, lateral muscles and strengthens the neck.
Start in a standing position and extend your right leg forward (about three feet). Turn your right foot out perpendicular to your left and align both heels.
Grab your ankle with your right hand and extend your left hand up towards the ceiling.
* Though it may be tempting you look all the way up and turn your head to the ceiling, I recommend to keep your head sideways or looking down at your foot, to prevent straining the muscles of the neck.
Save your neck muscles for stomach sequences when you really need them. If you feel pain or strain in the neck muscles ease back and support your neck with your hands. In our following yoga postures pages, we will cover more on abdominal yoga poses.