Visvamitrasana stretches the hips, shoulders and chest. It is also a great strengthening pose for the core, arms and legs.
HOW TO DO IT: Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), with big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Take a big step forward with your right foot, pointing your left foot out at 90 degrees. Bend your right knee and lower both arms to the inside of your right leg. Breathe. Listen to your body. Move your right shoulder under your right knee. Your left leg should be straight and actively engaged. Shift your weight slightly onto your right arm. When you're ready, grab ahold of your right foot with your left hand and begin to lift. To keep your right leg from slipping, squeeze it against your arm. Lift from your chest as you draw your shoulder blade down your back. Keep pressing your right hand into the floor as you lift. Allow your head to stay in a neutral position or look up to the sky. Be careful to not compress your neck. Hold for several breaths. Gently lower your foot back down to the ground. Rest in Child's Pose a few breaths. Repeat on the other side. Remember to breathe.