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Five-Pointed Star / Half Triangle is an energizing pose that strengthens the shoulders and arms and promotes the flow of prana – the vital life energy – throughout the body. Enjoy the sequence and allow yourself the freedom to move your body in any way it needs.

Instructions

  • Standing in Five-Pointed Star with your feet wide apart, extend your arms out to the sides.
  • Gently extend through your fingertips, lengthening your arms. Allow your shoulders to drop back and down, feeling any tension you have been holding there melt away.
  • Close your eyes and take four to six deep breaths, focusing your awareness at the center of your chest.
  • Inhale, expanding your chest and rib cage; exhale, extending out through your fingers.
  • Breathe in and exhale over to the right, moving into Half Triangle. Press the fingertips of your left hand up toward the sky and gaze up.
  • Inhale up into Five-Pointed Star.
  • Exhale Half Triangle over to the left, moving into Half Triangle.
  • Repeat six to nine times each side.

Safety Tips

  • If your shoulders are uncomfortable, lower both arms so that they are extended out at the same height.
  • If you have knee or hip discomfort, sit in a chair to perform the poses.

Benefits

  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens shoulders and arms
  • Nourishes large intestine
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Increases blood flow around the heart and lungs


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