The karate kid

The karate kid improves overall balance and stability. It strengthens the legs, arms, and shoulders and opens the hips. As with the other one-legged balancing postures, the karate kid enhances focus and concentration. Just follow these steps:

1. Stand in the mountain posture, which we describe in Chapter 7.

2. As you inhale, raise your arms out to the sides parallel to the line of your shoulders (and the floor) so that they form a T with your torso.

3. To steady yourself, focus on a spot on the floor 10 to 12 feet in front of you.

4. As you exhale, bend your left knee, raising it toward your chest.

Keep your right leg straight (see Figure 8-4).

5. Stay in Step 4 for 6 to 8 breaths; repeat with the right knee.

Figure 8-4:

The karate kid.

Karate Kid Pose Yoga

Figure 8-4:

The karate kid.

The Sanskrit name for this pose would be "utthita hasta padangusthasana variation." I (Larry) called it the karate kid based on inspiration from the film The Karate Kid, Part II.

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