Bring the knees and toes together, and begin to sit all the way back toward the heels, allowing the heels to cradle the pelvis (see modifications if this is uncomfortable).
Lift and lengthen the torso so the spine is vertical, and rest the hands on the knees with the fingers spread wide.
Relax the shoulders and widen the upper back.
Lift the chin so it is parallel to the earth, softening the gaze and relaxing the face and jaw.
Engage the bandhas by drawing the low abdomen in and up, and lifting the pelvic floor, while lengthening the tailbone toward the earth in order to maintain length in the low back.
Press the shins and tops of the feet into the earth, grounding the pinky toe sides of the feet.
Feel the breath traveling down the spine as you inhale, and up and out as you exhale.
Those with knee or ankle pain should begin with modifications.
Use a cushion or rolled blanket under the hips or ankles, or behind the knees to alleviate any strain or tension.
Allow the knees to come apart slightly if there is any discomfort in the knees.
Half Thunder Bolt: In the final position, bring the sole of one foot to the floor. Reverse.
Gracious Pose (Bhadrasana): Separate the knees as wide apart as possible, keeping the feet together (pictured).
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