Eagle Arm Flow
Get your breath flowing!
This breath flow is for the days when your inbox is overflowing and your to do list is looooooooong. Take a break to breathe, stretch, and re-focus. If it’s comfortable for you, close your eyes to give those peepers a rest.
Quite a few muscles are being stretched in this pose, including the rhomboids, the lats, the lower trapezius and the teres major. Try to encourage the shoulder blades to slide down the back while holding the pose, and feel for the gliding motion of the shoulder blades while in the flow.
Step 1: In a seated or standing position, inhale to extend the arms straight out to the sides. Exhale and give yourself a big hug, crossing the right elbow over the left. You can stay like this or start to wind up the pose by placing either the backs of the hands together or the palms of the hands together (if you have the space). With your hands at the centre of your face, relax your shoulders downward and keep the spine tall.
Step 2: Inhale and lift your elbows up, reaching the fingertips higher toward the sky.
Step 3: Exhale and curl your spine forward. Inhale and lengthen the spine up. Repeat 5 times and then fold forward and take a few breaths here. Create space in the upper and middle back back while breathing deeply into the shoulder space.
Step 4: When you’re ready, slowly lift back up and repeat with the left elbow over the right. Try for 5 breaths minimum per side.
Move slowly to the rhythm of a long, relaxed and measured belly breath.