It is very
important to stretch after a nights sleep. Your muscles can
get cramped when you sleep and can tighten if you sleep in
a curled position. It is great to start the day stretching
and lengthening your muscles. This morning stretch is easy
to do but it has powerful effects on your physical and emotional
system. It is simply a wonderful way to greet your day.
Interlock your fingers with your two pointer fingers together
With your feet firmly on the ground, reach your arms straight
above your head as you inhale for the count of four.
Bring your hands slowly down as inhale for the count of eight.
Tighten your rear muscles and place your hands on the small
of your back. (Note that your palms are facing inward and
your fingers are facing upward).
Inhale for the count of four and exhale for the count of eight
as you arch backward.
Inhale for the count of four and as you exhale for the eight
slowly come up vertebrae by vertebrae.
With your arms stretched out overhead and your palms facing
forward, slowly bend forward as you wrap each hand around
your opposite elbow and allow your head to dangle.
Ease down further into your stretch as you inhale for the
count of four and exhale for the count of eight four times.
Slowly lift your body to original position.
Stand with your feet slightly apart and toes slightly pointing
Place your hands on your waist and gently twist your torso
from side to side.
Inhale for four as you twist to the right and exhale for eight
as you come back to center.
Repeat this posture four times.
Refer to the tapes, The Joy Of Yoga and The Joy Of Relaxation