Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Improve Your bodya[euro][TM]s Flexibility

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Improve Your bodya[euro][TM]s Flexibility

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Byline: Put a little a[approximately]oma in your life with Pushpa Bakshi

SO NOW we are addressing the body's flexibility before moving into more active asanas in yoga. Most of us believe we are not able to do most of the asanas as it requires a flexible body. For example, most people are not able to sit comfortably in sukhasana (comfortable seating pose). If you can sit comfortably in a pose, then you are miles ahead in your quest for flexibility.

Yoga for inflexible people

Yoga stretching can provide you the desired flexibility but it takes time and you should have strong determination to do regular yoga practice. For improving the flexibility at a faster rate, you can practice the asanas to increase flexibility at least two times a day. If your age is less, getting your flexibility back will be easier. Practice yoga stretches for 15 to 30 minutes, at least two times a day. Flexibility improvement depends equally on your mental determination, diet and your yoga practice.

Yoga stretches should always be gradual and gentle.

Hold each stretch in a static position for 10 to 20 seconds or 2/3 yogic breaths, allowing the muscle to lengthen slowly.

Stretch only to the point where you feel comfortable, if it hurts stop. Gradually over a period of time, increase the duration of stretch up to 30 seconds and stretch your body slightly more each time.

Also increase the number of repetitions gradually. Do not hurry, do the movements slowly while concentrating on the body part getting stretched. Warm up first before starting stretching, warm muscles, tendons, and ligaments are more flexible and stretch more easily; stretching cold muscles can cause injury. After the yoga asanas, do rhythmic breathing for 10 minutes at least. In the end, relax in shavasana (lying down with hands beside you and palms facing up) for 10 minutes. …

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