How to do Prayer Pose

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Low

Target Body Parts: shoulders


This is an active standing position. Start with your feet together and your arms by your side. Press your feet down into the ground, hug the shins towards each other and at the same time broaden the knees ever so slightly until you feel strength in the legs. Tuck your coccyx (tailbone) slightly towards your chest, draw your belly button to spine and lift the chest to the ceiling. Draw your shoulders back and down and reach to the ceiling with the crown of your head. The draw the hands to prayer at the center of the chest. Hold for a breath and then release.

A common mistake in this pose is to be passive rather than active. Also we can tend to have more weight on one leg rather than ensuring we are evenly balanced between the two.

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