The Figure – 8 Exercise
This is a lovely exercise for de-stressing the body and also releasing the negative reactions to a particular stress. It can be done in sitting, standing or lying. This is based on the Tibetan ‘Life Energy’ System, which flows in figures of eight. The diagram below shows the end position for a right-hand dominant person, the reverse being necessary for left-handed people.
How to get into the position:
Put the back of the hands together. Lift the right hand over the left one till the palms face each other. Clasp the fingers of each hand together. Bring the hands in and up rolling them so the hands point upwards as in the diagram. Hold this position while you place the left foot over the right one. You are now ready to start the exercise.
a. For General release: Assume the position as shown (end position is left arm over right and left leg over right) and breathe deeply inhaling through the nose with the tongue up against the pallet, and exhale with the tongue relaxed.
b. For specific stress: Think of the specific stress that is bothering you. Assume the position as shown, and then breathe as in 'a' above while keeping the thought in your mind. Feel the stress ease away as you breathe.
Duration: Do this for general health and distressing at least once a day. You can do it sitting at the office desk, in a traffic jam, or at home, it works the same.
For specific stresses, repeat this technique at least once a day or as many times as you feel you need to. You can never do too much!
Note: If you cannot get your hands up onto your chest, just clasp the fingers and rest them on your tummy.