WARNING: Never attempt new physical activities without first seeking medical advice.

The Windmill Asana (Yoga Pose)

Variation of Hasta Utthanasana

The Windmill Pose is an opening pose. Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose).

  1. Energise the arms and raise them up and outwards with the inhalation (through the nose).
  2. Raise them as high as they will go, so that they start to come together above the head.
  3. Circle the arms, crossing them over above the head.
  4. Breathe out as the arms cross over the body in a downward movement.
  5. Breathe in as the arms are raised and opened above the body (breathing through the nostrils).

Circle the arms 5 times and then reverse the movement so the arms are going the other way.

Awareness: Openness, acceptance.


Strengthens the arms and spine. Works with the body’s energetic system (as all postures do). This one is good for getting the energetic juices flowing quickly and easily. The breath work benefits the oxygen flow in the body and improves lung function.


Avoid if experiencing shoulder, spine or arm conditions.

Mood: Open, courageous and adventurous (opposite to feeling closed, fearful and uncertain).

The Windmill creates a sense of openness to opportunities—being free to choose.

Affirmation: I breathe in life experiences with joy and excitement.

Pictured: Kate Wiesner

Excerpted from Mood Yoga by Jane Wiesner, coming soon.

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