The Swiss army knife

This posture, a variation of the classic jathara parivritti, tones the abdominal organs and intestines and stretches the lower back and hips. Jathara parivritti (pronounced jat-hah-rah pah-ree-vree-tee) means "belly twisting." Just follow these steps:

1. Lie flat on the floor with your legs straight down and extend your arms out from your sides like a T (in line with the top of your shoulders) with your palms up.

2. Bend your right knee and draw your thigh into your abdomen.

3. As you exhale, slowly lower your bent right leg to the left side and extend it out a comfortable distance.

4. Extend your left arm on the floor along the left side of your head (palm up), and then turn your head to the right as shown in Figure 12-5.

Keep your head on the floor and try to visualize lines of energy going out through your arms and legs.

5. Follow Steps 1 through 4 and then relax and stay in Step 4 for 6 to 8 breaths.

6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 on the opposite side.

Figure 12-5:

Extend your arm and turn your head the opposite

Figure 12-5:

Extend your



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