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T H E H U N D R E D
start with The Hundred to stimulate your circulation and breathing.
1. Lie flat on your back with your
arms by your sides, palms down.
2. Anchor yourself in place by
pressing your spine to the mat. Try to make your navel touch your spine
(but donít suck in your stomach or hold your breathóthink of a heavy
weight pressing down your middle).
3. Bend your knees and bring them to
your chest, pressing your spine closer to the mat. Straighten your legs,
keeping them together, to about a right angle with the floor.
4. Chin on chest.
5. With your legs straight and your
toes softly pointed, lower your legs until your spine begins to arch off
the mat. Stop. Press your spine down, raising your legs slightly if
6. Lift your hands about six inches
off the mat next to your body, palms down, with your arms and wrists
straight, reaching away from your shoulders with your fingertips.
7. Pump your arms up and down
rapidly a few inches (toward the ceiling and toward the mat) in short,
vigorous motions for five counts.
Continue in groups of five for up to one hundred pumps.
Breathe IN for five pumping motions.
OUT for five pumping motions.
If you do a hundred, you will take ten deep breaths.
Hints for Beginners
1. One hundred pumping motions may
be tiring at first. Start with twenty (two complete deep breaths) and
work up to a hundred by adding five at a time.
2. If your neck muscles get tired,
lower your head to the mat for a few pumping motions, then raise it
again if you can.
3. If your legs tend to sink as you
do The Hundred, raise them higher, instead.
4. Eventually, your toes should be
on a line with your eyes. For now, lower them only as far as you can
while keeping your spine pressed flat to the mat.
1. Keep yourself firmly anchored to the mat.
2. Navel to spine.
3. Eyes on your stomach. Watch to make sure it doesnít bulge.
4. Empty your lungs completely with each breath.
5. Donít hunch your shoulders. Reach with your fingertips.