SANSKRIT: Parsva Bhuja Dandasana (pars-vah bhuu-jah dahn-DAHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: Cross your right ankle just above your left knee and flex your foot. Lower into a squat, balancing on your left toes. Bring your fingertips to the floor. Twist your upper body to the left. Position the arch of your right foot against the back of your right arm. Place your palms on the floor to your left, shoulder-width apart. Bend your elbows and shift your bodyweight into your hands. Extend your left leg to the right and draw your elbows together. Balance in the pose for several breaths. Exhale and bend your left leg, then slowly release the pose. Change sides.

BENEFITS: Challenges and improves balance, tones the abdominal organs, strengthens the shoulders, arms, and back, opens the hips, tones the legs, boosts confidence and inner strength.