The Happy Baby

A variation of urdhva prasarita padasana, Happy Baby improves circulation in the legs, arms, hips, and lower back, and has a calming effect on the nervous system. It also improves the range of motion of the ankles, toes, wrists, and fingers.

Here's how it works:

1. Lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, place your arms at your sides with your palms down.

2. As you exhale, extend your legs and arms up vertically.

Keep your limbs relaxed (check out our discussion of Forgiving Limbs in Chapter 3) as you hold them up.

3. With your feet, toes, hands, and fingers draw circles in the air both clockwise and counterclockwise as in Figure 10-3.

You can make your hands and feet go in different directions at the same time. Breathe freely. Keep your arms and legs up as long as you feel comfortable and then return to the starting position.

Figure 10-3:

Enjoy the freedom of movement in your ankles and wrists.

Figure 10-3:

Enjoy the freedom of movement in your ankles and wrists.

Foot Charcoal Drawing

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 three to five times, but don't hold the limbs up for more than a total of 5 minutes; you don't want to tire yourself out ^JNG^ or strain your back.

Avoid this posture if you have lower back problems.

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