Airplane Pose helps improve balance while engaging the body from fingertips to toes.
HOW TO DO IT: Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Bend forward over your right leg as you reach backward and up with your left leg. To help keep your balance, tilt your tailbone toward your pelvis and keep your arms and legs actively extended. Stretch your arms forward so they are parallel with each other and the floor, moving them back to airplane when you’re ready. Lift and open your chest, bringing your gaze to the front. If you’re unsteady, use the back of a chair to help you as you rise into the full extension of the pose. Look forward and lift from your chest. Be careful when looking forward that you aren’t compressing the back of your neck. Keep your right heel grounded to the floor. Really reach with both your arms and left leg. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Return to starting position and rest for a couple breaths. Repeat on the other side. Remember to breathe.