Most students begin standing by ‘hugging a tree’/‘holding a balloon’ at chest height.
Essentially, the arms are positioned in a circular shape and the fingers are lightly opened.
This innocuous exercise quickly becomes a challenge.
The skill is to maintain the posture without in any way ‘holding’ the posture.
Muscle usage must be minimal. Psychological ease and relaxation are paramount.
The posture must be natural and comfortable. Do not strain the knees by squatting.
The idea is to let go.
This is not easy. A lifetime of tension will pain you and the temptation will be to hang on.
Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book maintains that you must reach a stage where the body feels safe and begins to shake.
This shaking is quite disconcerting. It is not muscle fatigue. It is the product of deep relaxation.
All the stored tension in the joints and vertebra is being let out.
The shaking cannot be forced or contrived. It is accomplished by not-doing.
By stopping the habit of tension.
By letting go.
Daily standing for 15-20 minutes will produce the required outcome providing internal relaxation takes place.