Yogi sit-ups strengthen the abdomen, especially the upper abdomen, the adductors (insides of your legs), the neck, and the shoulders.
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor at hip width.
2. Turn your toes in "pigeon-toed" and bring your inner knees together.
3. Spread your palms on the back of your head with your fingers interlocked and keep your elbows wide.
4. As you exhale, press your knees firmly, tilt the front of your pelvis toward your navel, and with your hips on the ground, slowly sit up
Keep your elbows out to the sides in line with the tops of your shoulders. Look toward the ceiling. Don't pull your head up with your arms; rather, support your head with your hands and come up by contracting the abdominal muscles as shown in Figure 9-2.
5. As you inhale, slowly roll back down.
6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 six to eight times.
Let your eyes follow the ceiling as you sit up.
Let your eyes follow the ceiling
The sound of Yoga
A very busy, well-known movie producer from Malibu was referred to me (Larry) by his physician. He suffered from a chronic neck and stress condition, and also had what his girlfriend referred to as a "little jelly belly." Regular sit-ups to tighten his abs just aggravated his neck problem. I gave him a 12-minute, twice-a-day
Yoga routine that included the yogi sit-back and the use of sound (both discussed in this chapter). The exercises worked like a charm. His neck problem went away, his belly firmed up nicely. He liked using sound so much that many members of his movie crew joined him in the afternoon for "a little sound."
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