(The symbol of yoga)
"I am thine, receive me."
Sit in the lotus pose by pulling each foot on top of its opposing leg. Make sure you are comfortable in this pose before continuing with the next step. If the lotus pose is too difficult for you, sit in any cross-legged position.
Lean forward keeping your back straight. If you are pregnant, only lean forward as much as possible without putting pressure on the womb. If you are not pregnant, try to touch your forehead to the ground.
Bring your hands high up on your back and fold them into a prayer position between your shoulder blades. If this is too difficult, you can hold one wrist behind you high up on your back and keep the other at waistline. Switch hands every few moments to gradually build up to the appropriate prayer pose.
Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds or longer if it feels comfortable.
** People with recent or chronic injuries to the knees, arms, neck or shoulders should not attempt this pose.
- Cultivates humility
- Reduces tension in the neck
- Stretches the hip muscles
- Stretches the lower and middle back muscles
- Helps waste drain and eliminate properly
- Sends energies to the front of the head for better focus
- Opens the heart chakra
- Opens the lungs and increases blood flow
As you practice postures, feel the released energy that flows all around you and within your body. Be conscious of the aura that is increasing in size around you. You will feel a magnetic energy gradually increase if you focus your attention on the energy that is circulating with every movement.