FIRST EXERCISE OF SESSION (2 minutes)
Stand in Tadasana, feet about hip-width apart and parallel, so your toes point forwards. Let your shoulders
relax downwards. Inhaling, lift both arms forwards to horizontal. Relax the shoulders down a little (as if you can rest the arms on a support that takes some of their weight).
Exhaling, lower one arm downwards past your hip, then back and up to shoulder level your head turning as you do this so at this point it looks backwards. Inhaling, lift
the arm that is currently pointing backwards until it points upwards eyes watching the hand as the arm moves. Exhaling, lower the arm forwards until pointing forwards eyes
watching hand as the arm moves so that the head is now facing forwards. Continue the exhalation and move the other arm
backwards then inhale and lift the arm to pointing upwards and, on the first part of the next exhalation, lower forwards. Repeat this arm movement with each arm 3 to 4 more times.
SECOND EXERCISE OF SESSION (2 minutes)
Bend your knees, keeping hips over ankles and trunk upright. Interlock your fingers behind your back. Imagine your
heels are sinking down into your mat (this will encourage your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles to tone and stabilise your lower back) but keep your knees bent as you
do this . Roll your shoulders backwards to squeeze your shoulder-blades together and, inhaling, encourage your chest to expand forwards and up. Encourage your shoulders
and hands to sink downwards. Lift your arms backwards (arms staying straight) as far as feels comfortable. Aiming to keep your trunk and arm shape and position the same
relative to each other, exhale and lean your trunk forwards from the hip until the trunk reaches the horizontal position; inhaling, lift the trunk back to the upright position. Repeat
this movement with the breath for several breaths. When ready to exit, then, from the trunk upright position, straighten legs, lower arms and then let your hands release each
other. Note: this exercise can be surprisingly tiring for the quadriceps femoris muscles (front thigh muscles).
THIRD EXERCISE OF SESSION (2 minutes)
Lie on your back and bring your knees to your chest. Leave the knees relaxed and close to the chest and rest your
arms by your sides along the mat. Inhaling, straighten one leg into the air (but not so far that the weight of the leg ceases to be over your trunk) and at the same time lift the
arm of the same side at the lifted leg through the air to the floor over head. Exhaling, relax the leg down and simultaneously move the arm up to vertical and then down to the
mat by your side. Repeat to the other side. Continue for 6 to 10 more breaths, enjoying slow movements and the gentle smooth flow of breath.
FOURTH EXERCISE OF SESSION (4 minutes)
Move into a comfortable position for practising a relaxation of your choice. You could try the following relaxation
practice: In your imagination, build a beautiful and peaceful landscape around yourself. Imagine what you are lying on and what is around you perhaps trees, a lake or
mountains or a rolling meadow with wild flowers. Imagine the weather, perhaps sunny with a light breeze and small clouds in a blue sky, or perhaps night time with still air
and stars in the sky. Do you choose for there to be birds, or butterflies or bees in the air if so, listen to their sound. Perhaps you can hear other sounds perhaps of animals
or water sounds or wind in trees or grass. Are there any scents in the air perhaps of flowers or wild herbs. Imagine this landscape around you in as much detail as you can,
using all your senses sight, smell, taste and touch. Having created this beautiful, peaceful and safe landscape, rest there enjoying the sensations of being in this place. When it
is time to finish your relaxation, know that you can create this landscape around yourself anytime you wish and return to lying on your mat and become aware of your breath.
Remember not to rush sitting up (and then standing) after practising relaxation as it causes ones blood pressure to fall, which can cause dizziness if one moves too quickly.