This is the last exercise in the modified footwork series. When we move, our breath can take on a life of its own the breath links one movement to another.
Bodily co-ordination is certainly emphasised with this technique, but it is truly the breath that allows us to achieve our goals in movement.
These kind of breathing exercises prepare the body for movement. These exercises also help reduce muscular tension and enable the body to take in more oxygen. As a result, these exercises help to offset an asthmatic condition.
Preparation: Lie on your back with the knees to the shoulders. Flex the toes back towards the body and glue the knees and ankles together. Now, lift the legs up straight so that the heels are even with the knees.
Action: Inhale as you push the heels as if moving through wet cement, in a slow and controlled manner, towards the point where the ceiling and the wall meet in the room you are performing the exercise. Now, bring the knees back into the chest. Exhale as you complete three or four sets. Repeat five times.