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And here, my friends, is a class favorite! I love including dancer's pose in the standing sequences I teach because the many variations make it accessible for all. This mermaid variation is a bit more advanced and requires more flexibility in the shoulders and hip flexors, so don't just jump into this cold! Instead, begin with a warm up that opens the chest and shoulders, and then focus on the legs.
When you're ready to give it a try, focus on grounding into the standing foot, engaging the standing leg, and keeping the raised leg high and effortlessly lifted. The key is to tuck the foot into the elbow crease, and breathe length from the hip to the knee.
And now, a second to focus on these purple pants. I am a sucker for bright yoga pants, and these fit the bill. They're soft and stretchy, and retain their shape during the practice. They've got a regular seam at the crotch, and are regular length (I'm barely 5'1'', so I pull the ends over my heels so they don't bunch at the ankles - hey, I never said I was a fashionista!). The only thing I'd caution you about is that they do run small. I am normally an XS, and the S fit me perfectly.