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        Yoga: Poses And Postures
Yoga has become a very popular form of
exercise, however, some styles focus
primarily on physically working the back,
for instance: the most important Yoga poses
in this case will differ from others,
remaining the most important Yoga poses for
another kind of Yoga. There are also very
difficult one might focus on in other styles
of Yoga designed to stretch and strengthen
other specific parts of the body, and many
that work the entire body, treating the body
as left and right equals yin and yang.
There are specific Yoga poses for the floor
parts of Yoga exercise, as well as the more
familiar standing Yoga poses.
One of the most basic kinds of standing Yoga
poses one will learn in Yoga is what is
called the tree balance. In this balance you
will:
1)      Prepare as always by checking the
posture and lifting through the torso,
pushing your shoulders down.
2)      Hold your eyes on one object
diagonally or straight forward for the
entire pose.
3)        Stand with your feet together.
4)       Lift up onto the balls of your
feet.
5)       Rock your weight back, onto your
heels.
6)      Strengthen the right leg shifting
all of your weight and lift your left leg
slowly up so that your foot lays flat, toes
down, resting on your right inner thigh.
7)      Your arms slowly lift up to what is
called the prayer position: both palms
meeting directly above the top of the head--
the full body in perfect alignment. Meeting
above the crown chakra and lengthening all
the way through the body.
The benefits of practicing this posture are
many. It will result in remarkably
noticeable balance and grace.
The posture requires balance, focus and
concentration--all the basic guidelines of
Yoga--both spiritual and physical are
involved in Yoga poses. The tree balance is
one of the many Yoga poses where the key is
to relax and clear your mind. Not thinking
about the difficulty of the pose itself--
releasing tension--that is the mental aspect
of several complex positions--without which
many Yoga poses would be virtually
impossible to hold.
This is one of the most well known Yoga
postures. However, there are many.
Including, as I mentioned before, many floor
Yoga poses. Focus and breath--this is how
you remain in any of the Yoga poses.
One example of the floor Yoga poses is the
snake:
1)      Lay flat on your stomach with your
hands on your shoulders.
2)      Lift up by straightening the arms
and focus up--as though your eyes were also
a part of the arch.
3)      Focus on pushing the pelvis down
towards the floor--arching your back.
4)      And keep your shoulders down, as
with virtually all Yoga poses.
Remember, all Yoga poses are meant to be
held. You do not just reach the posture.
Instead you reach it and remain there--
thirty seconds, a minute etc. Holding,
breathing, the asana, and the pranayama,
this is how the balance is earned. In all
Yoga poses you will find that you can
stretch further and further each time.
There are many other yoga poses and
techniques out there--go find the perfect
kind of yoga for you!

				
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