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Like many yoga poses, the Stork pose helps focus your mind and create a sense of centeredness and inner peace. Physically, this one-legged pose helps strengthen your legs, open your hips and align your feet while improving your balance and coordination. The pose is also effective in moderately stretching the muscles in your arms, shoulders, chest and stomach to help correct imperfect posture. The Stork pose is a basic yoga pose suitable for almost anyone, but if you regularly experience vertigo you should consult a doctor before attempting the exercise.1.
Stand erect with your feet close together, shoulders back and the crown of your head pointed to the ceiling.2.
Shift your weight to your left leg and slowly lift your right leg until your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Keep your right foot pointed to the floor with your right knee at a 90-degree angle. Press your left heel into the floor.3.
Inhale slowly and lift your straightened arms to shoulder height in front of your body. Don't lock your elbows; instead keep them extended, but relaxed. Turn your palms so they face each other.4.
Hold the pose for 15 to 60 seconds and breathe slowly as you keep your gaze focused forward.5.
Lower your right foot slowly back to your original position and repeat the exercise by lifting your left leg.