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  1. 1. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Follow me on Twitter: @sengamedurajesh Like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rajesh.sengamedu Follow my presentations: www.slideshare.net/sengamedurajesh WorkDesk Yoga Course Tips © Rajesh Sengamedu Rajesh dot Sengamedu at gmail dot com (M) + 91 98805 97942
  2. 2. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Sit Straight Method • Sit on your chair, with both your feet resting firmly on the ground • Adjust your chair height such that thighs are parallel to the ground; feet should be about one feet apart • Don’t rest your back on the backrest • Stretch up your body (from your waist) & neck as if someone is pulling you from the top of your head upwards. • Consciously push your shoulders back • Stay like this for 2-5 min and breathe normally What to Observe • Your chest & lungs are expanded • You are breathing more deeply • Are you tightening your body? If so, consciously relax your body • Do you feel the skin from the base of your spine stretched upwards? Brief Theoretical Explanation • Keeping the spine erect eliminates blockages in the body.
  3. 3. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Stand Straight Method • Stand near a wall, with your buttocks, back & neck touching the wall; feet together & heels touching the wall [else, about 2”-3” away from the wall] • Press your feet down firmly • Stretch up your body (from your waist) & neck as if someone is pulling you from the top of your head upwards. • Gently pull your knee caps up; tighten your buttocks • Gently pull your stomach muscles in • Consciously push your shoulders back towards the wall • Stay like this for 2-5 min and breathe normally What to Observe • Are all your toes touching the ground? Is your body weight equally felt on all parts of the feet? • Are your buttocks & back of head touching the wall? • Is your body stiff? Are you forgetting to breathe? If so, gently relax your body  Brief Theoretical Explanation • Keeping the spine erect eliminates blockages in the body.
  4. 4. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Deep Breathing - Sitting Method • Sit straight; close mouth firmly; close your eyes gently; keep right palm on your stomach • Breathe in /out slowly & deeply through both nostrils in 3 sequential steps as below • First fill the bottom of the lungs – push your diaphragm down (your stomach will expand – feel that with your palm); second, fill the upper lungs with air (your chest will expand); & lastly, fill the throat area with air • Do NOT hold the breath; Start breathing out as soon as your lungs are full • Empty the lungs in the same sequence as you breathed in. • Breathe in /out AS SLOWLY as you can & Keep as still as you can What to Observe • Observe your diaphragm movement • Observe the difference in air temperature, pressure, breathing pattern • Observe where your body is stiff [Consciously release the tension] • Imagine that the air you breathe in is permeating all your body – right from toes till your head & not just the lungs • Imagine that the air you breathe out is pushing out the toxins from your body & negative emotions from your system • Over time, are you increasing your duration of inhalation /exhalation? You should ideally do that – but do NOT force it! Brief Theoretical Explanation • Air is the ‘container’ of universal energy that has the power to cure your physical & mental illnesses. • Breathing deeply from the three parts of your lungs exercises ALL your lung capacity • Slow & deep breathing increases life-span [according to yoga texts, we die when we have ‘exhausted’ the # of breaths we are given – increasing duration of each breath increases the life span.]
  5. 5. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Deep Breathing - Standing Method • Stand straight as in fig 1; close mouth firmly; close your eyes gently; keep both palms on your thighs. • Gently slowly raise your hands above your head as in fig 2 [fingers point upwards & biceps closer to your ears] & breathe in as you raise • Gently lower your hands to the sides as in fig 3 [hand parallel to ground, fingers pointing away from you in both directions] & breathe in more as you lower the hands • Breathe out as you get your hands back to your thighs. What to Observe • Observe how you are able to take in the ‘extra’ air in the lungs Brief Theoretical Explanation • Movement of hands in a particular fashion improves your lung capacity. This is a training for you to start observing your breath. Exercises & breath coordination helps you to focus your body & mind, improves concentration, reduces stress
  6. 6. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Alternate Nostril Breathing Method • Fold your index & middle fingers. You will use your thumb & little finger +ring finger in this exercise • Close your right nostril with thumb and breathe in as slowly and deeply as you can, through the left nostril. • Now, close your left nostril with your little+ring fingers; release your thumb and breathe out through your right nostril. • Breathe in through your right nostril; Once you are full, close your right nostril with thumb; • Release your left nostril & breathe out with your left nostril. • This is one cycle [Left in, right out; right in, left out]. Do as many cycles as you can. • Always, breathe slowly, deeply and DO NOT over-exert yourself [your face muscles will start twitching if you are exerting yourself] What to Observe • Are you maintaining a rhythmic breathing? Do you breathe in bursts? If you are breathing in bursts, maybe you should reduce the volume of air you breathe in/out. • Are you filling your entire lungs? As deeply as possible is necessary. • How slowly are you breathing? As slowly as possible is the key. • Are you able to maintain a calm face? You should not observe any twitches in your facial muscles. Brief Theoretical Explanation • There are 72000 nadis [i.e., energy channels] in the body. They are blocked with toxins – physical & emotional. • Alternate nostril breathing ‘blasts’ these toxins and creates a clear channel for the energy flow in your body & mind. You can imagine this to be like ‘angioblasty’ for your energy channels
  7. 7. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Meditation Technique #1 [Breath Observation] Method • • • • Sit straight; close eyes gently; place right hand on left palm and place your hands on your lap. Observe your natural breath going in /out; don’t force your breath. Continue observing as long as you can Whenever your thoughts distract you, or you have a physical discomfort, gently ‘move’ your attention back to breath from these distractions, discomforts What to Observe • Are you breathing evenly? • Are your thoughts distracting you? If so, start shifting your focus on your breath • After you come out of your meditation session, can you remember the physical discomforts or distractions? Brief Theoretical Explanation • This is called ‘Ana Pana’ meditation. • Breath is the most universal (!) for anyone alive. Observing breath is observing that we live! It is also the simplest things to start observing on. • Breath observation gives control over the mind very easily. • As you practice this for longer periods, you are able to focus on just one thing – your breath and helps to build your concentration.
  8. 8. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Meditation Technique #2 [Sensation observation] Method • Sit straight; close eyes gently; place right hand on left palm and place your hands on your lap. • Take your focus from your toes to your head – in parts. First toes, then feet, ankles, legs, knees, thighs, pelvic region, stomach, chest, neck, fingers, then hands, wrists, fore-arms, biceps /triceps, shoulders, neck, different parts of your face, head. Don’t forget to observe your inner organs – intestines, heart, lungs etc. • Observe different sensations in each of these parts – tingling? No sensation? Warm? Cold? Discomfort? Etc. Don’t change /react to any of these sensations. • Continue observing as long as you can. • As you practice this, focus on smaller & smaller parts of your body {e.g instead of toes at once, just small toe, big toe and so on] What to Observe • Are there any muscle tensions? Warm /Cold? Can you hear any sounds? • Observe your inner organs? Are you conscious of them? Can you hear your heartbeat? Brief Theoretical Explanation • This is the universal Buddhist meditation called Vipassana. It means, “observing things as they are”. • When you observe things as they are, you are non-judgemental. You become an observer. You practice becoming an observer. This ‘attitude’ flows in your daily life too; making you an observer to everything in your life. You stop reacting. This lowers stress. • As you practice this for longer periods, you are able to detach yourself from the day-to-day happenings. This does not mean apathy, but it means intense involvement with a sense of detatchment (phew!)
  9. 9. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Meditation Technique #3 [Repeating a Mantra or Chanting] Method • Sit straight; close eyes gently; place right hand on left palm and place your hands on your lap. • Mentally chant your favorite mantra. It can be anything [Om, Gayatri Mantra, any other mantra, Jesus, Allah, Name of any God, a wish that you want in your life [I want to be healthy] or just some mumbo-jumbo – although I recommend you to pick something meaningful for you] What to Observe • Observe how your mind is fickle and keeps telling you that you are bored! Persist and continue chanting. Brief Theoretical Explanation • This is called Japa. Very easy to chant. When you chant something, the meaning of that chant gets into your body & mind and starts working on your subconscious. When the subconscious is instructed with your ‘wish’ in the japa, the subconscious will find a way to make it happen for you in your life.
  10. 10. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Hand Press #1 – Namaste Method • Press your palms together (like Namaste), ensuring that you are aligning the fingers as in figure. • Your palms should be closer to your chest area • Lift up your elbows such that your hands are away from your arm-pits. • Apply gentle, but firm pressure when pressing • Count till 3 -5 breaths. • Release & repeat 3-4 times What to Observe • Pressure in your hands, wrists & shoulders Brief Theoretical Explanation • Hands have several acupressure points and when pressed together, they help in curing any imbalances. • Applying gentle pressure in pressing, tones the muscles in your hand.
  11. 11. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Hand Presses #2 – Namaste@Back Method • Take your hands to your back and press your palms together (like Namaste), ensuring that you are aligning the fingers, as shown in fig 1. • Your palms should be near the upper back /between your shoulder blades. • Lift up your elbows such that your hands are away from your arm-pits. • Count till 3 -5 breaths; release. • Release & repeat 3-4 times • Fine print: If you can’t get your palms together in the back, atleast ‘get them as close as you can’, BUT observe!! What to Observe • Pressure in your hands, wrists & shoulders • Observe how your hand muscles feel different than the normal namaste Brief Theoretical Explanation
  12. 12. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Head Presses Method • Press your right palm to the right side of your head as shown in fig 1. Apply gentle pressure on the head. Push back with your head. • Count till 3 -5 breaths; release gently. • Repeat with your left palm to the left side as shown in fig 2. • Repeat 3-4 times before you move to below exercise • Clasp your hands and press your forehead as shown in fig 3. Apply gentle pressure on forehead. Push back with your head. • Count till 3-5 breaths; release gently. • Repeat with your hands on the back as in last figure. • Repeat 3-4 times. Fig 1 Fig 2 What to Observe • Pressure in your neck, hands, wrists & shoulders Brief Theoretical Explanation • When most of the work is in front of a computer, we hardly move our necks! This leads to stiffness and over time, neck problems. This loosens up your neck muscles & builds strength. Fig 3
  13. 13. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Garudasana -1 [Eagle Pose] Method • Spread your hands forward; fold & give yourself a warm hug, with right palm on left shoulders & left palm on right shoulders. [Observe if your right hand is above the left or the other way around] • Slowly release the forearms, with your elbows locked together; lock them up as shown in fig 1, lift up & bring your shoulders parallel to the ground, while breathing in; your palms should be like ‘namaste’ as shown • Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths; release slowly • Repeat by changing the hands as in fig 2. [if your right hand was above the left earlier; now you should have your left hand above] What to Observe Fig 1 • Pressure in your neck, arms & shoulders; feel how your upper back muscles are stretched. • Feel how the hand muscles get stretched when you pull up the shoulders parallel to the ground Brief Theoretical Explanation • This pose ‘trains’ your hand muscles to stretch differently than usual. Over a period of time, this is the MOST effective asana to cure you of computer usage related problems. Fig 2
  14. 14. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Garudasana -2 [Eagle Pose] Method • Cross your legs; knees snugly together. Left leg on top of right to begin with, as in fig 1. • Interlock your legs by stretching your left ankle on your right calf. If you can’t do this, keep your legs as in fig 3. • Then do Garudasana -1 – interlocking your hands as shown in the figure. When your left leg is on top, get your left hand on top of right hand too! • Hold for 3-5 breaths, release legs slowly and then release hands • Repeat by starting with other leg & hand as in fig 2 & fig 4. What to Observe Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 • Pressure in your neck, arms & shoulders; ankles, thighs, calves • Feel how the hand muscles get stretched when you pull up your shoulders parallel to the ground • Feel how your lower back straightens when you cross your legs & intertwine them! Brief Theoretical Explanation • Again, the calf muscles, ankles, thighs are stretched. Lower back muscles are exercised in this asana.
  15. 15. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Gomukhasana [Cow Face Pose] Method • First take your left hand to the back. If required, use your right hand to push your left hand in position like ‘V’ as shown in fig 1. • Stretch your right hand vertically above; while your left hand is touching your left thigh. Breathe in while you get to this position • Fold your right elbow and take your palms together to ‘clasp’ each other as shown in fig 1. Breathe out when you do this. • Hold the position for 3-5 breaths; release & alternate repeat with your other hand as in fig 2. • Use a handkerchief or your dupatta to hold as in fig 3., if you find it difficult to clasp your hands. • As you get more flexibility, keep ‘crawling your hands on the kerchief as close as you can to each other. Fig 1 Fig 2 What to Observe • Feel the different muscles in your hand • Does your chest expand? • Are you able to breathe in more deeply than normally? Brief Theoretical Explanation • The shoulders, arm pits, hands are stretched. Your chest expands so you are able to breathe in more deeply Fig 3
  16. 16. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Finger Stretches Method • Spread your left hand forward; parallel to the ground, wrists facing up. • Bend all your fingers down as shown in fig 1., (incl. thumb, if possible!) with your right hand; apply gentle pressure • Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths; release slowly • Bend each finger (including the thumb) as shown in fig 2; hold for 3-5 breaths, release slowly. • Repeat by changing the hands Fig 1 What to Observe • Feel how the hand muscles get stretched when you pull up the shoulders parallel to the ground • Is your arms parallel to the ground? Brief Theoretical Explanation Fig 2
  17. 17. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Wrist Circles Method • Ensure your wrists are together all the time • Start with fig 1 [inside wrists touching together); rotate your wrists – while you do this, you will have to pull your arms towards yourself as in fig 2 and progressing on to fig 3, fig 4 and then come back to fig 5 [or figure 1) What to Observe • Feel how the hand muscles get stretched • Fell how the tension peels away from your shoulders when you circle your wrists Brief Theoretical Explanation
  18. 18. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Spinal Twists Method • Sit straight sideways in a chair [if you have chairs with arm rests, try to figure out if you can squeeze in one leg through the arm rest!], press feet firmly; lift up your shoulders. Breathe in deeply. • Turn right as shown in fig 1 by holding the back rests. Don’t force yourself into the pose. Gently turn as slowly as you can, from the waist. • Breathe out slowly when you turn; hold the position for 3-5 breaths and turn back to the sideways position. • Repeat on the other side as in figure 2. Fig 1 What to Observe • Are you forcing your waist to turn? Don’t do it? No torque should be applied on your waist! Gentle twist of the spinal column is the expectation. • Are your feet firmly on the ground? Are your thighs parallel to the floor? Are they turning too? They should not! (see fig 3 & 4) • Is your back stretched upwards? Are you breathing out when you turn gently? Fig 2 Brief Theoretical Explanation • Gentle spine twists provide good flexibility to your muscles around the spine. This works best for back aches! Fig 3 Fig 4
  19. 19. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Ardha Kati Chakrasana (Half Wheel Pose) Method • Stand straight, feet together, knee cap pulled in, buttocks tightened. • Lift right hand above as in fig 1; left hand by your left thigh. Breathe in. Imagine a rope pulling your right hand fingers up. • As you slide your left hand towards your left knee, bend leftwards from your waist. Imagine that the entire skin from your right feet (outer edge) till the tip of your right hand fingers is one continuum. Breathe out, slowly & gently. • Hold for 3-5 breaths; release; Breathe in when you get back to fig 1. Repeat the other side as in fig 3 & 4. Do for 3-5 times on both sides Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 What to Observe • Are you feeling that the right side of your body is one continuum as if you are holding a stick at its two ends and bending it? • Are you breathing out slowly while going to the pose as in fig 2,4? • Can you feel the ‘fat’ around your stomach area vanishing? If not, imagine for a few days first and then you would start feeling it!! Brief Theoretical Explanation • This asana expands the chest, improves spinal suppleness; reduces fat around your waist!!!
  20. 20. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) Method • Stand straight; pull knee caps; tighten buttocks, lift your body upwards (from waist). • Slowly lift your right leg off the ground and place it on your inner thigh (toes in line with leg) as shown in fig 1 and hands on waist. • Once you get balance, slowly lift up your arms as in fig 2. Breathe in while you do this. Hold for 3-5 breaths and slowly come come back to standing position. • Repeat with other leg as in fig 3 & 4. • Fine print: Keep a chair closer to the leg that is going to remain on ground and use it to balance yourself! If you can’t find balance then you can skip lifting your hands up! What to Observe Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 • When you are lifting up your leg, the other leg should be pressed to the ground firmly; Are your toes spread out like a duck feet? That gives more stability! • Are you conscious and lifting your chest & stomach up? Brief Theoretical Explanation • If you want to experience ‘balance’ and be ‘rooted’ all the time – in your mental & physical balance, you need to understand a tree! Being like a tree in this asana, helps you with poise & balance. • The asana also helps to correct some defects due to posture, straightens your back and strengthens legs.
  21. 21. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Padanghustasana(Hand-Toes Pose) Method • Stand straight; pull knee caps; tighten buttocks, lift your body upwards (from waist), while you lift up your hands. Breathe in slowly. Ref fig 1. • Keeping your shoulders & ears together, slowly bend down, while you breathe out, as in fig 2. Pause for a while (3-5 breaths) when your hands & body are parallel to the ground. • Continue to bend down and touch your toes as in fig 3. Breathe out while you do this. Alternately, you can place your palm besides your feet if you are flexible!! • Stay for 3-5 breaths and then slowly reverse to come back to fig 1. Breathe in while you go back. • Fine print: When you are touching your toes or placing your palms by your feet, you can do a ‘micro-bend’ at your knees. I recommend this micro-bend especially if you are not flexible as yet! Fig 1 Fig 2 What to Observe • Observe your waist/ lower back. Be very careful and STOP when you notice any extreme pain in your lower back /waist. Brief Theoretical Explanation • Front bends stretch your back and make your spine supple. When the head is bent forward, it brings calmness to your mind. This also helps to reduce your belly fat!! Fig 3 Fig 4
  22. 22. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) Method • Keep a chair close to your right feet. Spread legs approx 4 feet apart. Turn the right feet 90 degrees to the right; turn the left feet a bit towards your right – as shown in (1). Slowly breathing out, bend to right, place hands as shown in (2) Raise your left hand as shown in (3). Stay for 3-5 breaths and slowly come back. • If you are flexible, remove the chair and do (4) and (5) instead of (2) & (3). • Repeat the other side What to Observe • Your leg should be 90 degrees to your body on the side you are planning to bend. Your other leg should be a little tilted towards your body. • Do not keep the chair too far away. Experiment with the right distance. You should feel a sense of balance • Don’t drop your neck too much down. It should aligned with your body. Brief Theoretical Explanation • Stretches all your lower parts of the body and tones up thighs, calves, legs, groin, hands. Excellent pose to relieve lower backache. Ofcourse, this asana beats stress. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  23. 23. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Veerabhadrasana (Warrior Pose) Method • Sit on a chair, legs around 3’ apart as shown in fig 1. Turn your right foot 90 degrees to your right. While you turn your right foot, straighten your left leg as shown in fig 2. If you can keep your left foot flat, it is great, else lift up on your toes as shown in fig 2. • Turn your upper body (waist upwards) to the right as shown progressively in fig 2 & 3. Breathe out while you twist. Your right thigh should be parallel to the ground and resting fully on the chair; your right leg should be perpendicular to the ground (from knee to foot). • Lift your hands above as shown in fig 4. Breathe in while lifting hands up. Stay for 3-5 breaths and return to starting position. • Repeat the other side • Chair is given for your support. You can remove the chair and do the same asana (but remember that it is not that easy to do this asana without support, especially if you are not flexible. 1 3 2 4 What to Observe • Is your one leg like an ‘inverted L’? Is the other leg straight? If you cant keep the other leg straight, do a micro-bend at the knees. • Observe your stomach as to how it feels when you turn your waist. • When you lift up your hands, imagine someone pulling you up with a string from your head. Stretch up from waist! Brief Theoretical Explanation • Stretches ALMOST all parts of your body – ankles to neck! . Excellent pose to build balance in your body, especially doing this without the chair support! 5 6
  24. 24. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Bitilasana & Marjaryasansa (Cow & Cat Poses) Method • Bitilasana (Cow Pose) • Sit on a chair, legs a foot apart and perpendicular to the ground. Keep your arms on your knees; use the arms as support in this exercise. • Slowly while breathing out, pull your stomach muscles in and bend your neck forward so that your chin is closer to your sternum, as shown in fig 1. • Stay for 3-5 breaths and release.. Do for 3-4 times. • Marjaryasana (Cat Pose) • Start as in Bitilasana;. • Slowly breathe in while you stretch up your body and stretch your neck backwards as in fig 2. • Stay for 3-5 breaths and release. Do for 3-4 times. 1 What to Observe • Are you consciously pulling your stomach muscles in while breathing out? • Are you consciously stretching your body & neck while breathing in? Brief Theoretical Explanation • Stretches your neck & upper body. • Gently massages your stomach muscles. 2
  25. 25. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Pavanamuktasana (Air-relieving Pose) Method • Sit on a chair. • While breathing out, slowly lift your knee up and ‘kiss’ your knee. Stay in the pose for 3-5 breaths and release. • Repeat with the other leg. • You can even do this with both the legs together at the same time! 1 What to Observe • Breathe out while you lift your knees. Brief Theoretical Explanation • Gently massages your stomach muscles. • Releases any trapped air in your stomach and makes you feel lighter! 2
  26. 26. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG: http://harnessingyourpotential.wordpress.com Tip: Prasarithapada(Spread-legs Pose) Method • Sit on the front edge of a chair with your chest erect as shown in fig 1. • Spread your legs as wide as you comfortably can. Your knees can have a slight micro-bend if you find it difficult to spread. Keep your feet entirely on the ground in this position, as shown in fig 2. • Slowly bend down from your waist and place both your hands on the floor as in fig 3 & 4. Breathe out while you get to this position. The difference in fig 3 and fig 4 is that in fig 4, the complete palms is pressed to the ground. Keep your head parallel to the ground • Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths and then slowly hold your ankles. If you can’t reach your ankles, reach higher up (knees?). Bend your head to look under the chair! • Hold the position for 3-5 breaths and come back to fig 4 or fig 3, then fig 2 and then on to fig 1. What to Observe • Are the outer edges of your feet firmly on the ground? If you find it tough initially, lift them, but try to consciously roll them outwards so that the entire feet is resting on the ground. • Remember the breathing sequence. • Bend from your waist – you can do this by first sitting erect and consciously focussing on your waist! 1 2 3 4 Brief Theoretical Explanation • This is a great pose to relax you. Any forward bend pose, with the head downwards relieves stress! • This is also a good pose to stretch your legs, get rid of a few inches on your waist! 5
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