Parsva Balasana बालासन
Lay flat on your back with knees bent Cross right ankle well over left knee creating a right angle with the right leg. Reach your right arm through both legs and grab around the inner thigh or shin of the left leg; use your left hand to grab around the outer left thigh or shin. Pull your left leg in towards your chest as you reach your tailbone towards the front of the room keeping the curve of your lower back, relax both shoulders on the mat , flex both feet.
For a deeper stretch, you can press your right elbow into your right thigh pushing it toward the front of the room to open the hip a little more. Stay for about 1.5 minutes then switch sides. Modified you can lay with your sit bones at a wall with both legs straight up the wall cross right leg over your left knee slowly lower your left heel down the wall - bending your left knee finding a place where you can comfortably hold for 1.5 - 2 minutes, Again flexing through both feet will keep the knees safe.
Switch sides after about two minutes.
This pose gently and safely stretches the outer hips, releasing tension in an area where we hold a lot of stress allowing for a greater sense of ease throughout the entire body.
Photo: Yoga Poses and words contributed by Freelance Yoga Teacher & Venice Local, Tiffany Caronia