Talasana (Palm Tree Pose)
With your feet together and arms at your sides, stand up straight. Raise your arms above your head and interlock your fingers, then turn your palms to face the sky. Breathe in, stretching your hands and upper body towards the sky. Stretch your arms, shoulders and chest and raise your heels to come up on your toes. Feel the stretch of your entire body from top to bottom. Now lower yourself down to your heels and exhale while lowering your hands to the top of your head. Breathe openly for a few seconds and then repeat. Complete 5 to 10 repetitions.
The palm tree pose activates the first chakra, Muladhara, which is located at the base of the spine and is represented with the color red. This chakra directly affects the endocrine system, particularly the ovaries and prostate gland, as well as stimulating the reproductive organs, the rectum and the anus. It's related to the ability to let go or get rid of the unwanted or unnecessary and is the source of abundant energy.
This energizing pose develops physical and mental balance, stretches and loosens the spine and clears blockage of the spinal nerves, as well as toning the rectos-abdominal muscles. It also stretches and strengthens the thighs, calves, ankles and feet while releasing bound up energy from key places like the ankles, under the arms, hands and fingers, spine and waist.
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