And, finally, if you feel balanced and ready to move deeper into the pose, use your right hand to draw your right foot as high as possible into the left thigh. Place the foot with the toes pointing towards the floor. Press the sole of the right foot firmly into the left thigh and resist back into the foot with the inner edge of the left thigh. Imagine that you are pressing the thigh and foot on opposite sides of the plumb line running vertically through your body. This action will both keep your foot from sliding down your leg and will steady your balance.
Straighten your standing leg if you bent it while reaching for your right foot. Once again, press down through your tailbone and inhale up through the crown of your head lengthening your spine. Draw your shoulder blades onto your back, pressing the tips together and towards the floor. Your palms can be pressed together at your heart (anjali mudra), or you may lift your arms and test your balance by letting your eyes follow your fingers.