Position 11: Hasta uttanasana ( Raised arms pose)
With your body weight evenly distributed on both your feet lift your arms, face, chest and stretch up to the skies. Allow your spine to arch back slightly. This is a deep stretch, not a back bend. Your palms can be held together as in a namaste position for more intense work on the spine, the laterals and upper shoulders or the arms can be parrellel to each other with the palms facing up.
The movement is done on an inhale as the whole body opens up to receive prana, the life breath.
The focus is on the vishuddhi chakra, your throat center,accessing deep energy to radiate your unparalleled uniqueness.
Points of interrest:
Just remember: as you come out of uttanasana with your arms extended ahead of you, the centre of gravity shifts. Your arms become a dead weight that needs effort from the back of the legs and lower back to be lifted up.
If your lower back is weak and your hamstrings ( the back of your legs) are extremely tight or weak, allow your knees to relax a bit as you lift your torso and arms upwards. Straighten your knees when your arms reach the final position.
If all is well with your back and hamstrings then keep both your arms close to the respective ears, fully extended forward, with the elbows straight. Next, move your arms and torso smoothly into ardha uttanasana (half lift) and continue to complete the posture in one single inhale. Utilise the natural upward movement of the inhale breath to lift your upper body and arms. Allow your mind to be focused on breathing with the movement. You will experience the sheer exhilaration of effortessness happening in you. When the body, mind and breath move together in a synchronised flow,the spirit celebrates!
The chant: om hroum arkaya namaha – which means Salutations to Him who is fit to be worshipped as the very essence of vitality; who is the remover of impurities and afflictions.