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PROPER YOGA TECHNIQUES: INCREASE ENJOYMENT AND LOWER RISK OF INJURY

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin September 19, 2011 @ 12:00 am

Interested in trying Yoga? This ancient Indian discipline has infinite benefits including increased energy, weight loss, improved muscle strength, enhanced flexibility and stress relief. There are many different types of yoga, but all contain breathing, physical and philosophical elements.

While practicing yoga, it is essential to move the body correctly and use proper form in poses. Just as in any physical activity, poor alignment can cause injury.

The concept of yoga is to increase your own limits. Although yogis are encouraged to reach and surpass their limitations, pushing unnaturally hard negatively affects the body. Don-t try to compete with the person who has their face next to their toes and looks like a human rubber band in Uttanasana (standing forward bend). Instead of risking a pulled muscle, breathe into the pose until you have reached your deepest point. This is when yoga is the most powerful for the mind and body.

Yoga is great for the back because many poses engage back muscles that are frequently misused in modern society. Be sure to warm up properly before attempting deep twists and backbends. Never bend to an uncomfortable level. Back pain during yoga is your body-s way of telling you something is wrong.

When performed properly, yoga is a fantastic tool that can elevate anyone. Remember to practice with correct form and listen to your body for a rewarding experience.

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