Bringing the hands in the back adds an element of vulnerability and helplessness. These positions challenges the body in new ways as they are not often used in daily life. Warm up each joints, especially the shoulder to allow for maximum range of motion and prevent injuries. Every person has a different flexibility level and these poses will look different from person to person.

  • Day 99: Bunny Ears – Tying the wrist behind the head will bend the elbow in the way that it creates two bunny ears above the head. There are several variations, wrists crossing, prayer hands, or tying the forearms togethers. This is also known as pillow tie and Wakizarashi (exposed armpit).
  • Day 100: Reverse prayer – The reverse prayer is a beautiful but difficult position. Few will be able to bring their hands very high up the back, most can manage to get their palms together and many won’t be able to bring their hands together in the back. Because of this, the angle of the elbow will vary a lot from person to person. This tie is called in ushirote kannon shibari 後手観音縛り (Back kannon tie) in Japanese.
  • Day 101: Box Position – The box tie starting with the wrists with wraps around the chest is a classic tie we looked into in week 5. But there are infinite ways to tie the arms in the back in a box. Try starting anywhere but the wrists and see what happen.
  • Day 102: Hands Together – Bring the hands together in the back with the forearms in an horizontal position without crossing the wrists. The hands can be in different positions, open, closed fist, holding each other, etc.
  • Day 103: Downward Prayer – Place the palms against each other in the back with the finger pointing down.
  • Day 104: Low Wrists Crossing – Tie the wrists crossing the back.
  • Day 105: Strappado – Tie the arms straight behind the back. This tie is also known as armbinder.

Credit: Title picture M: NathanielFlumen R/P: Ebi McKnotty Hands in front study M: _Era_ R/P: Ebi McKnotty

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