Hands stretch breathing

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Hands stretch breathing

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I. Starting position

  • Stand erect with feet together (heels together and toes 4 to 6 inches apart) hands relaxed by the side of the body.
  • Gently bring your hands in front of the chest. Interlock the fingers and place the palms on the chest.
  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Close your eyes.

II. Practice

Stage 1 (Horizontal)

  • While breathing in, stretch the arms straight out in front of your body keeping your fingers interlocked. Ensure that the arms are at shoulder level.
  • At the same time twist the hands so that the palms face outwards.
  • Fully stretch the arms, but do not strain.
  • Now, while exhaling reverse the process and bring the palms back on to the chest.
  • Relax your shoulders again.
  • This is one round. Repeat five times.

Stage 2 (At 135o )

  • Repeat the same movements now stretching the arms above the forehead at an angle of 135.
  • Repeat five times.

Stage3 (Vertical)

  • Repeat the same movements, this time stretching the arms vertically above the head.
  • While moving up and down the palms may gently touch the nose tip.
  • Repeat five times.

NOTE:

  • Relax the shoulders at the beginning and end of each cycle.
  • Maintain perfect awareness of the breathing.
  • Exhalation (breathing out) should be longer than the inhalation (breathing in).
  • If required, it can be practised sitting on a chair too.
  • Properly synchronize the breathing with hand movements.