Half Tortoise: A gentle forward bend or spine extension. This pose is excellent for calming the nervous system while also working the shoulders. Provides maximum relaxation; increases blood circulation to the brain; helps cure headaches; helps mental clarity; and improves memory. Enhances longevity. Relieves indigestion, flatulence, constipation, IBS, anorexia, diabetes, lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain. Stretches lower lobes of the lungs, good for asthma. Increases flexibility of the hip joints and muscles of the shoulder joints.