The ancient yogic scriptures claim that all yoga begins at the navel point. The navel is not just a point; it is a center of energy transformation in the body. The navel is the junction of 72,000 nerves in the body, so practicing stretch pose is a tune-up for your entire nervous system. Doing stretch pose first thing in the morning is highly recommended, as it adjusts your navel point and supports deep meditation. It also strengthens the reproductive system, the seat of your creativity and productivity.
Lying on your back with your legs straight and heels touching, lift your head and heels about six inches off the ground. Focus your attention on your toes. The arms are held straight at your sides, palms facing the thighs, but not touching. Hold this position and begin breath of fire, by powerfully exhaling through your nose while pumping the navel. The inhale will come naturally as you concentrate on the navel pump. Start with 1 minute and work up to 3 minutes. Stretch pose—a powerful way to start your day!
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