Hasta Utthanasana (raised arm pose) is a light posture for enriching the upper body with energy. Introducing the flexion and extension of the cervical spine (neck) motivates the energetic stimulation of vishuddhi chakra, the seat of the intuitive nature of the human being.
Awakening vishuddhi chakra leads towards a superhuman state of consciousness which is liked to the intuitive disposition of human nature. In most people this higher state of being is dormant, suppressed by individualistic thinking and egocentric ideologies. Through this practice you can begin to connect to the energy in and surrounding vishuddhi chakra which will aid in meditation upon the intuitive center.
Physiologically and anatomically this posture helps to correct postural miladies including rounded shoulders and stiffness in the upper back. Moving the arms, head, and breath in a rhythmical cycle increases breath capacity and relaxes the mind. This posture also helps to improve circulation especially to the coronary arteries.
Shashankasana (hare pose) is a favorite amongst the relaxation postures for correcting spinal complications including backache, compressed nerves, misaligned spinal discs, and poor posture.
This posture targets swadhisthana chakra, the seat of the subconscious and unconscious mind. This is also the energy center for our sexual intimacy. Performing this practice regularly calms a tensed mind, improves sexuality, and opens the oceans of the subconscious nature of our thoughts and feelings which can be used therapeutically under the right guidance.
Akarna Dhanurasana (Bow and Arrow Pose) is a yoga practice that is capable of awakening anahata chakra (the heart chakra). It is also is beneficial practice for strengthening the chest, upper back, arms, and shoulders. It can treat asthma, cardiological complications, tension, fatigue, and rounded shoulders.