Dancer's Pose not only improves focus and balance, but also strengthens your core and stretches the length of your body.
Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), with big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Balancing on your right foot, bend your left knee and reach your left hand back for your left ankle. Ground yourself through the sole of your right foot, spreading your toes and engaging your right leg. Stabilize from the center as you tilt forward, lifting your leg up and toward the sky. If you're comfortable and want to really open your chest, reach up and back with your right hand as well, holding onto your left foot. Keep your right foot grounded as you engage your spine, lifting through your chest as you continue to lift your left leg. Remember to breathe. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute, and repeat with the other side. If you feel unsteady, you may use a wall for support. Try to only gently touch the wall with your right hand as your left hand keeps ahold of your left foot and you extend into the full expression of the pose. Once you complete both sides, take another breath and feel how open you are.