3. Back and chest stretch Sit back-to-back with your partner, legs crossed comfortably, arms relaxed by your sides. Sit erect; then inhale for 4 counts as you slowly lean back, leaning your upper torso against your partner’s back. Exhale to a count of 8 while your partner rounds his torso forward; let him support your body weight as you relax your arms, shoulders and chest (A). Hold this position for 4 counts; then inhale and return to starting position.
Next, let your partner lean back against you to a count of 4. Then round your torso forward, exhaling to a count of 8. Lean forward only as far as is comfortable without putting strain on your back or belly (B). Hold for 4 counts; then inhale and return to starting position. Repeat the whole series 4 times in each direction. Stretches and strengthens the back and abdominal muscles; promotes balance by working both muscle groups simultaneously.