Thursday, 30 May 2013

COUNTER POSES IN YOGA





Counter-posing is followed for relieving strain on muscles after deep stretching. For example, a twist follows a backbend to “neutralize” the spine, a forward bend follows a backbend to help lengthen the spine and calm the nervous system.  These poses are the ones that ‘reset’ the body. All students can benefit from adding counter poses to their routines. For example counter pose for Paschimottanasa is Purvotanasana. It is most often thought of as an opposite stretch to the one last performed; for example, forward bending immediately after a deep backward bend. The counter pose of Sarvangasana is  Matsyasana. To derive maximum benefits, one must follow up Sarvangasana with Matsyasana and Sarvangasana must be preceded by Halasana. Counter poses allow one to flow in their practice teaching balance both on and off the mat; it brings awareness to our bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits

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