According to masters and yoga gurus who have handed down their expertise and secrets through the ages, there is a Master Breath associated with each of the zodiacal signs. If practiced regularly during the same time of year as when the sun travels through a specific sign, this Master Breath will bring the whole body back to health and bright balance.
There is such a breath associated with early spring and the sign of Aries, the first sun sign of the astrological zodiac. Since Aries is a sign associated with the head, neck and shoulders, this breath intends to clear and cleanse all accumulated clutter in those specific areas of the body, while bringing an overall sense of well-being and enthusiasm to all your days and nights.
Standing erect, with your heels together (very Pilates!), place your toes at an angle of 30-35 degrees. Extend your arms so they are level with your shoulders. Your palms should face upward, and your body from the waist should be thrown slightly forward. Clasp your hands tightly so your muscles are rigid; at the same time, tense the muscles of your entire body.
Now, lift your arms slowly upward until your hands meet over your head. Relax your muscles and return to your original position. Inhale as you bring your arms up; exhale as you bring them down. Repeat for 8-10 repetitions (or 8-10 minutes).
During this exercise, let your mind center on your head as you picture your breath feeding not only your brain, but also all the cells of that part of your body. Visualize this breath as spring sunshine penetrating your head and bringing an inner glow to your neck and shoulder area, before traveling down to illuminate the entire inside of your body with glowing, golden life force and essence. This will increase the circulation in those areas, helping the flow of nerve force and bringing a sense of peace, hope and health.
While you perform this exercise, you may want to repeat an affirmative statement or chant that will increase both the power and the effectiveness of this routine:
"This breathing benefits me and my entire circulatory system. The blood flows well in my brain and all throughout my head. All impurities are eliminated. The nerve force finds new vitality as obstructions are blown away. My head is clear. Every cell vibrates with youthfulness and health."
Heady stuff! Amen to that! Amen to Aries!