Finding Flow

Photography by: Carrie Prophett
Finding Flow
Commencement
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, hands by your sides and knees

limber. Relax your muscles and your breathing. Imagine a string lifting your head to help straighten your spine. Feel the tension flowing down your body like water, leaving through your feet.

Slowly lift your arms in front of you until your wrists are at shoulder height, elbows bent and slightly below your wrists. Relax your wrists so your fingers hang down. Shift your weight to the balls of your feet, and stretch your arms forward slightly, extending your wrists and fingers.

Bend your elbows and bring your wrists toward your body, keeping them relaxed and at shoulder height. Bring your elbows close to your body without letting your arms touch your chest or ribs. Shift your weight to your heels as you move your palms slowly down the sides of your body. Your hands should finish at your hips, palms down and fingers forward. Repeat.

Diagonal Flying
From step 1 of Commencement, turn your right foot out 45 degrees and shift your weight onto it. Turn your waist to the right slightly. Lift your hands and pretend you're holding a ball, your right hand on top, palm facing down, and the left hand underneath, palm facing up.

Step forward with your left foot, toes turned 45 degrees to the right. Shift your weight to your left and turn your waist to the right so the center of your body also faces the 45-degree angle of your right foot.

As you shift your weight, move your left hand in a diagonal arc until it finishes in front of your shoulder, palm up. Let the right hand sink down in a circular arc, ending with the palm facing down at your hip. Straighten out your left foot, step the right foot up, and lower your hands to your hips. Repeat on the other side.