Full Fish Pose

This pose is the same as the half fish pose, except your legs and feet are in the full lotus position (see Chapter 17, "Are You Sitting Down?") and your hands hold your feet. If you cannot do the full lotus, simply cross your legs. Your hands do not need to hold your feet if you aren't in full lotus position. This variation further opens the pelvis and promotes energy flow through all your chakras.

1. Lie down on your back and bring your knees up, then cross your legs into the lotus pose, with each foot lying sole-up on top of the opposite thigh (see Chapter 17). Or, if you haven't worked up to this pose yet, simply cross your legs.

The full fish pose.

2. As you bring your crossed legs down to the ground, arch your back up. Let your head relax backward; the top of your head just brushes the ground or floor.

3. Reach your hands toward your feet, and if you can, hold your feet. If you can't reach your feet, place your palms on your thighs. The body is fully balanced in this position and does not need the additional arm strength as in half-fish pose.

4. Breathe deeply in this position as your lungs are fully expanded.

5. Bring your knees and head up, uncross your legs, and straighten them out. Lift your head up and release the arch in your back. Lie with a flat back. Rest on your back for a few minutes.

6. Getting Started: This pose is difficult because your arms don't support your body weight. If you don't feel comfortable about resting the top of your head against the floor without your arms for support (in other words, if you don't feel your back and neck are strong enough to support you), use your arms as you did in the half fish, while still keeping your legs crossed.

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The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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