Standing Head to Knee Pose
Unless contraindicated by injury, you should be bending forward to, at least, attempt to pick up your foot in this posture. Even if you lose your balance and fall out, even if you need to momentarily bend your standing leg knee to pick it up. This is where you start to gain the strength and balance you need to move forward. Don't get comfortable standing straight up with just your knee bent at thigh level.
Make the first move, reach for that foot!
Your legs look like an upside-down capital letter "L" with a 90-degree angle between them. If, and only if, both legs are firm and both knees are locked do you move onto the next phase of the posture.
Pull your belly in nice and tight to support your spine. Bend your elbows down towards the floor (not out like chicken wings!) and pull the ball of your foot towards you flexing your foot back towards your face. Keep kicking your heel forward! Thighs tight, both knees LOCKED! Be careful here - don't let your extended leg hip push back out of alignment - kick forward with all your might while maintaining your balance.
Instructor Tip: keep your core engaged throughout
the posture to help with balance!
don't think you need to conserve your energy here.
the more work you put in the posture,
the easier the next postures will be.
this is true throughout the series!