If there were just time to do one pose what one would you recommend?

(May 29, 2012)

Unfortunately, life is not that simple and neither is the practice of yoga. A complete yoga class should consist of breathing exercises to warm up the body before moving into a series of yoga poses or asanas. A typical yoga session should end with a relaxing pose such as the Corpse Pose and some time spent on Pranayama or deep breathing exercises. It is only when you practice such a complete yoga class on a regular basis that you begin to reap the benefits of this age-old tradition.

Remember that there are no short cuts where yoga is concerned. However, if once in a while you are strapped for time and still need your yoga fix, there are yoga instructors who recommend that you at the least practice a few rounds of the Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. The Surya Namaskar consists of twelve postures that move the body forward and backwards and stretch the spinal column through its maximum range. In effect, this set of exercises can stretch and strengthen the entire body and improve digestion, breathing, and circulation and help detoxify the body. To maximize the benefits of the Surya Namaskar, the breath should be synchronized with the movements of the body and each pose should be performed slowly. Running through the steps of the Surya Namaskar will not achieve much, so be warned. The Surya Namakar is not a quick-fix solution and should be treated with the dedication and respect any other yoga pose would demand.

Submitted by V A on May 29, 2012 at 06:09

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