1. Prepare a padded surface, such as a yoga mat or a folded blanket or towel. Lie on the floor facing upwards. Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor as close to your buttocks as possible.
2. Exhale, and push your tailbone upwards, whilst pressing down with your feet and arms, lifting your buttocks off the floor. Bend your arms and place the crown of your head on the mat. Put your forearms on the mat and support your head with your hands.
3. Lift your buttocks up until your thighs are approximately parallel to the floor. Keep your knees directly above your heels, but push them forwards and away from the hips.
4. Stay in this for over 30 seconds, then exhale and release, slowly rolling the spine down onto the floor.
This pose stretches the chest, neck and spine. It also has a calming effect that can help relieve stress and mild depression, while improving digestion and relieving the symptoms of menopause. It can have therapeutic effects for anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia and backache.