For the first few days make this a leg movement, tensing the muscles of the rear leg as you go forward, and of the front leg as you go back.
For the next few days concentrate on your stomach muscles. Tense them when you are farthest forward, and also when you are farthest back. Try to feel that your body is one solid piece in each position. Next, make it a balance movement, without conscious muscular contraction.
Stay in the forward position while you count five, lean forward as far as possible. Realize that your Center of Balance is in your Stahara. Make your position stable and balanced but without tensing any muscles. Move swiftly back to position "TWO" and retain that position while you count five. Again remember where your Center of Balance is. Your stomach muscles will naturally tense in this position, but relax them as far as possible, keeping your body limber.
At first your heels will rise off the ground and you will be in danger of losing your balance forward. As you go back your toes will come off the ground and your position will be so weak at first that a person could topple you back with one finger.
As you lunge forward imagine that you are putting all your weight into a blow with your fist. As you go back, think that you are ducking back to avoid a blow aimed at your face. Practise of this exercise will give you a wonderful control of balance.
SECOND STAHARA CALISTHENIC — CHEST ON KNEE
Stand exactly as described in first Stahara calisthenic, but in addition, lean forward, and press chest against knee.
Tense muscles of rear leg, keeping heels on ground. "ONE" "TWO":
Straighten front leg and bend rear leg, swing body back. (Same as "TWO" of first calisthenic.)
When in position "ONE" keep your balance by concentrating on the Stahara, make it hard. Similarly when you go back to "TWO" make the Stahara hard, pound it with your fist to test its hardness. Note: Pound it gently at first.
Perform four times with left leg forward and then four times with right leg forward.
In both positions "ONE" and "TWO" you will feel a tendency to overbalance yourself. This is because you are thinking, by habit, unconsciously, of the usual muscles with which you fight or work, i.e., your leg and arm muscles; and the connecting link between them, the Stahara, is absolutely uneducated. Fig. 22
Practise this movement a few times daily for two or three weeks and you will then be able to keep your balance without difficulty.
At first you must make the Stahara hard by consciously tensing it, but later on it will not be a muscular effort, you will keep your balance automatically.
As a reducing exercise, this movement has no equal, but if stout and full blooded perform it slowly and deliberately at first.
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