Semi-kneeling Praying Mantis (replicates the agility of the mantis and its ability to contort and see in all directions: twist, shoulder opener, gluteus stretch and balancing pose)
Brief alignment: Come into kneeling starter position. Twist as you keep both sit bones off the floor. Thread arms through opposite knee crease into prayer, even shoulders out and lift the gaze up.
Benefits: Semi-kneeling Praying Mantis purifies the digestive tract while opening the collarbone, heart and shoulders and stretching the gluteus medius. It trains equilibrium and anchors into the center of self.
Contraindications: Do not attempt this pose if you have knee, lower back of shoulder injury.