Pose of The Month 2017 is drawn from a few of the projects I worked on in 2016.

Several of this year's offerings are taken from two chapters I wrote for a new book by Frank Lipman MD: 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat...And How You Can Stay Young, Slim, and Happy!

Other (restorative) poses are from a project which showed how to practice when props are not available. A few are repeats from previous years. Still more were written especially for this website.

The twelve poses strung together, one for every month of the year, make up a balanced sequence for you to practice.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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Utthita Parsvakonasana
extended side angle pose

Practice time: 20–30 seconds.

Model: Gina King and Bobby Clennell.

Stand up straight and tall on your yoga mat.

With an inhalation, jump your feet four to four and a half feet apart and swing your arms out to the sides. Fully stretch your arms and legs and raise your chest. Take a couple of breaths.

Turn your right foot out. Holding your legs firm, exhale and bend your right knee to form a square, so your shin is upright and your thigh is parallel to the floor.

Place your right hand on the floor to the outside of your left foot. Extend your left arm up. Tuck your tailbone in. Press your right knee and thigh back to align it above your right ankle.

Anchoring the outer edge of your left foot firmly to the floor, turn your left arm in, extend it over your ear, turn your head and look up at your inner left elbow.

Breathe evenly and hold the pose steadily for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Practice note: If you cannot easily reach the floor with your hand, place it on a block.

With thanks and gratitude to my teachers, BKS Iyengar (1918-2014), Prashant Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Abhijata Sridhar, and Sunita Parthasarthy.

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