October 30, 2014

#26 "Yoga Minute" Hand & Arm Control with the Mind

This pose incorporates the shoulders, arms, hands and mind.

Begin seated with the shoulders over the hips, head above the heart, arms to the sides and the soles of the feet resting comfortably on the floor.

Inhale bring the arms straight out in front with palms together and arms parallel to the floor. Keep arms parallel to the floor. On your next exhalation take the right arm leaving it straight out to the side of the body. The left palm and fingers float across lightly on the inside of the right arm until the elbow is bent with the left hand on the right shoulder. Next inhale and bring the straight right arm back to center with the left hand floating across the inside right arm until both arms are straight out in front.

Continue 6-10 times on each side moving the arms with your breath.

Benefits: Works the shoulders, builds strength and endurance in the arms. Activates the nerves in the arms and sends signal to the brain. I have found with a student who has Multiple Sclerosis that she has control in opening the straight arm that is affected as long as the good hand floats across the inside of the bad arm. If the good hand is not lightly touching the bad arm then the bad arm has minimal control. My theory is that the good hand is sending the signal to the brain where the bad arm is located so control is maintained somehow with the good arm.

These videos are designed for inactive beginners, seniors and people with most any illness or injury. The majority of these poses are in a chair and most can be done from a wheelchair. I’ll also be posting these videos on my You Tube Channel “Yoga Chuck” and Facebook page “Real Yoga, LLC”. All poses should be a No Pain No Pain practice and avoid having discomfort.

Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck

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