Earth Dance

1. Stand up straight with your hands together in front of your chest, fingers pointing upward (Prayer pose; see Exercise #82).

2. Breathe in, and with your palms still together, bring your hands up, stretching them above your head.

3. Breathe out. Turn your trunk to the right, letting your arms drop so that your right hand is a little above your head and your left is at waist level, hands open, palms facing forward. Look at the fingers of your right hand.

4. Breathe in, turn to face forward, raise your arms, and stretch them above your head with your palms back together.

5. Breathe out. Bend over forward, place your hands flat on the floor, and look behind you (Forward Bend pose; see Exercise #83).

6. Breathe in. Slowly stand up straight and put your hands together in front of your chest with fingers pointing upward (Prayer pose).

7. Breathe in and bring your arms up, stretching your hands above your head.

8. Breathe out. Turn your body to the left, letting your arms drop so that your left hand is a little above your head and your right is at waist level, hands open, palms facing forward. Look at the fingers of your left hand.

9. Breathe in and turn to face forward. Raise your arms and stretch them above your head (Stretch pose).

Repeat this sequence (1 through 9) several times.

10. To complete the exercise, breathe out. Bend over forward, place your hands flat on the floor, and look at the ground or behind you (Forward Bend).

Then breathe in, slowly stand up straight, and put your hands together in front of your chest with fingers pointing upward (Prayer pose).

Repeat the whole exercise several times.

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