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Yoga is accomplished through a practice of
movement, held postures, breathing exercises, and mental focus
Yoga is good for men, women, and children - it helps
one to relax, feel in touch with our inner being, gain energy, remain flexible both physically and mentally, and develop inner strength
There are a wide variety of asanas (over 200) each one with its own distinct form dictated by
stretching, counter stretching, and resistance
Adding a conscious breathing pattern to the asanas helps circulate energy and blood and brings balance to the
parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system (which govern the function of just about every system in the body)
Another aim of yoga is to bring about a balanced flow of energy through the body's energy centers, known as
chakras - (there are 8 different chakras)
They key is to hold your mind in the present time by
focusing on your breath; you can hear it, feel it, even visualize the breath
As you exhale, release _____, the used up energy, old thoughts and feelings, tensions, and discomforts
About _____ of relaxation between postures allows the energy to circulate through the body and mind
20 seconds to 1 minute
It is best to practice yoga barefoot on a
sticky or non-slip mat with a blanket or rug for extra padding
legs crossed at the ankles, bottom on floor, straight spine, relax the shoulders and rest hands on knees
exhale and lift pelvis upward and pressing it back, hands and feet on floor - make a V with the body
Downward facing dog
Stand tall, feet close together. Place left or right foot on the opposite inner thigh - breathe deeply and bring the palms together at the heart center and raise arms straight overhead
feet are at four feet apart, arms are raised straight out to the side at shoulder level and palms facing the floor
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