Balloon Hold Exercise

Balloon Hold Exercise


BALLOON HOLD DIRECTIONS:

Step 1: Begin by standing with your feet at shoulder width and slightly bent knees. Allow your tailbone to fall under your body. You will bend your hips slightly like you are making an initial movement to sit down. Your arms should be raised to just under shoulder height. Your fingers should be slightly separated and pointing toward each other. The position should look like you are holding an imaginary balloon(Figure 183).

Step 2: Maintain the posture for sixty seconds at first. As you build strength, you may gradually increase to ten minutes.

Step 3: Gradually lower your hands and breathe quietly for sixty seconds.

KEY POINTS:

* allow your weight to evenly settle across the soles of the feet

* breathe naturally, don’t force or neglect inhalation or exhalation

* keep the shoulders relaxed like they are floating atop a cloud