This variation of Sugarcane in Half Moon Pose is fantastic for improving focus and balance. It stretches the hips, legs and shoulders while also stimulating the abdominal organs.
HOW TO DO IT:
Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), with big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Balancing on your left foot, bend your right knee and reach back for your right ankle with your left hand. Ground yourself in the sole of your left foot, spreading your toes and engaging your left leg.
Stabilize from the center as you tilt forward, lifting your leg up toward the ceiling. Avoid twisting your hips. Tilt your tailbone forward toward your pelvis. Lower your right fingertips to the floor as you continue to kick up and out with your right leg. If this is difficult for you, you may place your fingertips on a bolster.
Allow your head to stay in a neutral position. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, or however long is comfortable for you. Gently return to starting position. Rest for a couple breaths and then repeat on the other side. As always, remember to breathe.