This refreshing, expansive breath opens the chest, promoting a feeling of wellness and gratification. The movement also helps get rid of tension in your back and keeps your spine flexible. Do this lively breathing exercise when you feel cold, exhausted, or run down. It can also twice over as a warm-up to any yoga session.
Stand with your feet about shoulder-width separately. Hold your arms straight out in front of you with palms together at chest height. Make sure your shoulders are down and away from ears.
Open your mouth and inhale through the mouth as you fling your arms open and back, bending the wrists so your fingertips point away from you. Lift the chin slightly. Your eyes look upward.
Exhale completely through the mouth as you begin to come forward, tucking your chin, and bending at the waist and knees. Hands may be clasped together in front of the chest, or they may rest on your thighs.
Let your head hang so that there is no pressure on your neck.
Repeat this cycle 12 times at whatever pace feels best for you.