Beginner: Sage pose is a challenging one for the beginner yogi. If the hand placement is too difficult, just rest your hands along the floor, palms up and fingers pointing to the back. As you get more comfortable, you can work on wrapping your arms around the back body and clasping the hands.
Advanced: The advanced yogi loves the fluid motion that accompanies the move into this sage pose! Keep the fluidity by deepening with the rhythm of your breath. As you lift the chest, straighten and lengthen the spine, then lower that line back down as you continue to reach the upper body towards the foot.