The right leg is forward and rests on the heel of the right foot. The left leg is to the rear and is slightly bent. All the body weight is on the rear foot. The arms are held in front of the body and are slightly rounded with the elbows pointing straight down. The palm of the right hand faces to the left while the fingers point upward. The finger tips of the right hand are in line with the tip of the nose. This develops concentration. The tips of the fingers of the right hand are in line with the tips of the toes of the right foot. This develops balance. The eyes look forward. The palm of the left hand faces to the right while the fingers touch the wrist of the right arm. There can be no tension. The body is completely relaxed from the top of the head down to the toes. This position can be performed from the opposite side by reversing the above description.
THE BOW STANCE
The body faces the right side. The right leg is forward and bent, but the knee does not go beyond the toes of the right foot. The rear foot is straight. The rear foot holds 40 percent of the body weight while the front foot holds 60 percent of the body weight. The body is held straight. Imagine a straight line running from the back of the head straight down to the base of the spine. The eyes look forward. The right hand rests to the outside of the right thigh. The fingers are relaxed and pointing forward. The left hand is to the center front of the chest with its palm facing forward and its fingers facing up. The elbows of the left arm faces down. There can be no tension. The body is completely relaxed from the top of the head down to the toes. This stance can be performed with the body facing the left side. When this is done the entire description from above must be reversed.
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