In Airplane, we balance with our arms and legs behind us . . . like we are an airplane flying! We keep our core and glutes engaged, our chest shining upward and our fingertips reaching backward.
We begin Airplane Pose standing straight and tall in Mountain Pose.
Stand straight and tall, feet hip width distance apart.
Feel the crown of our head reaching toward the sky.
Our shoulders are back and down away from our ears.
Our pelvis tilts forward as our core pulls our belly button to our spine.
Our arms are at our sides, finger tips reaching toward the floor.
We inhale deeply, expanding our chest, filling our lungs, feeling the dynamic tension throughout our bodies.
Our gaze is focused on a point to help us balance, much like a dancer focuses on a point as they turn.
With our hands at heart center, standing on our left leg, we mindfully lift our right leg behind us, keeping our hands at heart center. Reaching, stretching with our right foot, we maintain our balance with our core.
When we feel balanced, we mindfully roll our shoulders back and down as we extend our arms back behind us, lifting our chest up and out.
Maintaining our gaze and engaging our core and glutes, we breathe in and out for 5 to 10 breaths.
Mindfully and gently we lower our right leg and bring hands to heart center.
Gently shake our our arms and legs and repeat on the other side.
Be mindful that this is your practice. Do what feels comfortable for you today. If you fall out of the position, try to go back to it . . . or touch the ground . . . or balance with your hands to begin your practice.
This is a practice and it is perfect wherever you are today.