This is a fabulous all round posture – it’s a balance which improves concentration and co-ordination, back bend which improves posture and breathing and when done dynamically with the breath is energising, warming, clearing the respiratory system and improving circulation. Start with 5 each side increasing to 10 gradually.
Find a space where you can practice – warm, clean and free from furniture/low ceilings.
First take your arms out to the sides and up overhead 3 times slowly. Then place your hands onto your hips and alternate taking the legs back without leaning the body forward 3 or 4 times on each side slowly. This warms up the muscles and IMPORTANTLY ensures that you have enough space around you to work.
To practice Holy Fig Tree dynamically –
Stand tall in Tadasana
Place your weight into your right foot.
Lift your left foot to the back, left arm out to the side and right arm up to the ceiling as you inhale
Return to Tadasna as you exhale.
Repeat x 5, rest for 5 breaths then do 5 on the Left side.
ALWAYS PRACTICE WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITY – IF YOU GET TIRED OR DIZZY THEN STOP