How to Fold Your Hands Behind Your Back

This method of folding your hands behind your back is a cool yoga technique for stretching out the arms. And as an added bonus, it can really freak your friends out! Just make sure to warm up a little before you get started - you don't want to hurt yourself!

Steps

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    Warm up. Make sure that your arms are nice and warm. Warm muscles relax easier, and if they become loose, you won't strain them as hard as cold, stiff muscles. It's best to just fling your arms around or make them active. Just cause heat in any way you can.
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    Stretch. This is very important for everyone, especially beginners. Stretching improves your flexibility. Once you have stretched a bit, you can attempt to perform the trick.
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    Put your arms behind your back. Touch your hands' knuckles together, and arch your back backwards.
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    Get into position. This is the trickiest part. Manipulate your arms carefully to the region of your spine just between the top middle halves of your scapula while arching your back backwards. If you lean forward, it could hurt! Have you palms open and touch the sides together. You're almost there!
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    Put your palms so that you look like you are praying. Avoid leaning forwards. You did it! Exit out of position the same way you came, only do not open your palms again. Let your fingers touch each other as the hands come down.

Tips

  • Be sure you're physically fit and flexible before attempting.
  • If you can do this, you will have another way to itch your back and touch the back of your head!
  • Arch your back at all times. The only exception is at the very end.

Warnings

  • Do not arch forward at all.
  • Do not stress yourself. If it becomes painful, stop immediately. Its not worth hurting yourself to impress your friends, or whatever your reason may be for learning this.

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Categories: Warm Ups Stretching and Flexibility