You can perform Five Pointed Star Pose
to energize and lengthen your entire body. This pose also opens your chest, which can help improve your circulation and capacity for deep breathing. Performing Five Pointed Star Pose
can also help to correctly align your spine.
You may want to use this pose as a starting position for Triangle Pose
or Standing Wide Angle Forward Bend
As you hold Five Pointed Star Pose
, visualize your body stretching and lengthening in all five directions at once - through the crown of your head and through each arm and leg. You should also focus on breathing evenly. As you inhale, feel your breath coming into the center of your body. As you exhale, feel your breath radiating out through the crown of your head, your fingertips and the soles of your feet.
If your arms or shoulders feel strained in this pose, you can place your hands on your hips.
|Begin in Mountain Pose.|
|Step your right foot to the right 3 to 5 feet.
(Make sure your feet are parallel and your toes are pointing straight ahead.)
|Raise your arms to shoulder height at your sides, with your palms facing down.|
|Relax your shoulders down and back.|
|Tuck your tailbone under to help prevent your lower back from over-arching. |
|Press your feet into the floor and press the crown of your head toward the ceiling. Extend through your fingertips.|
|Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then return to Mountain Pose.|