Hasta Utthanasana (hand raising pose)
Begin this exercise standing in the correct alignment. Feet under knees, knees under the hips. Hips in neutral, shoulders feel relaxed and the head balanced.
Place the hands right on top of left in front of the body as in the first diagram.
As you inhale, raise the hands up in front of the body, over the head and then out to the sides. You can keep the eyes forward or look up – don’t take the head too far back though – the man in the picture is over doing it a bit!
As you exhale reverse the movement bringing the hands down to the starting position. Swap the hands over and repeat up to 10 times.
Keep the awareness with the breath and synchronise it perfectly with the movement.
This exercise is brilliant for improving the lung capacity and is great also for the circulation.
Take it easy if you have high blood pressure – it may be necessary for you to work with the arms below the heart and gradually increase the movement if you experience any shortness of breath or dizziness. Remember to work at all times within your own capabilities and listen to your own body.
WATCH OUT FOR ANY FURNITURE, WALLS OR PEOPLE THAT YOU MIGHT HIT – YOU DO NEED QUITE A BIG AREA TO DO THIS PROPERLY.