Technique

Assume a squatting position.

Try to place the soles of the feet flat on the floor, with the knees fully bent and separated.

Beginners, if they wish, can do this exercise with their backs close to a wall, but try to depend as little as possible on the aid of the wall for support.

Clasp the hands together.

Straighten the arms in front of the body.

Then while inhaling raise your straight arms as high as possible above the head (see accompanying picture).

Exhale while lowering the arms.

This is 1 round. Practise as many times as you can - up to 10 or 20.

Don't strain, for this is a position that few people use in everyday life. However, in India, people habitually squat for long periods of time while eating, talking, working and many other activities.

In fact, many Indians are far more comfortable in a squatting position than sitting in a chair.

VAYU NISHKASANA (WIND RELEASING POSE)

As the name suggests this is an excellent practice for removing wind, and at the same time it stretches and loosens up the muscles of the legs.

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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