Day 23 — Dynamic Hip Flexibility for Upavistha Konasana — Ashtanga Yoga Challenge

We live in a modern society that is all about efficiency and convenience. We buy more things online, take more vacations and are more stressed than ever before. The results of these factors are that we are experiencing higher rates of depression, anxiety, headaches, fatigue and many more mental and physical ailments.

The answer to these factors is obvious. We need to rest more. This is where yoga comes into the picture. Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest and most widely practiced forms of self-health and well being advice available. What is amazing is that even when we are young, it is something that we are instilled with the need to be able to be self-aware enough to know when we need to take a break from doing things and have the knowledge about what we should be doing.

If nothing else, we should be taught about the benefits that a good long yoga session can have on our body and mind. Many people who practice it are able to cope with the pressures in modern society and have managed to reduce their risks of developing heart disease, cancer, hypertension and other ailments.

The word “yogasstitute” or “yogasstitute” comes from the Sanskrit word “yog”, meaning “soil”, “earth” and “substance” and the word “gas”, meaning “fire”, “heat” and “activity”.

The purpose of the yoga is to become more alive, more active by doing certain movements, poses and positions that are designed to help you relax, be more grounded, less tense in your body and in your mind, be more receptive, less prone to forgetfulness and be more at ease with yourself. The goal also is to develop a sense of peace, be more compassionate and have greater insight into your life.

A number of the types of positions and movements that are performed during a yoga session include the following
The Sun Salutation, the Standing Forward Fold, the Upward Facing Dog, the Standing Wide-Legged Straddle, the Downward Facing Dog, the Plow, the Cudgel and the Crow.

A Sun Salutation is when you come to a standing position and place your arms at your sides. For the standing forward fold you place your hands at your hip while for the up-ward-facing dog you place them at your chest. The other positions are the standing wide-legged straddle, the up-ward-facing dog and the crow. These positions are great for relaxing your body while giving a nice stretch to your back.

The Sun Salutation is usually the first set of positions that you work with when doing a yoga session. It’s a great way to warm up if you aren’t used to it and start a long way towards getting your body ready to become active.

The Standing Forward Fold is a wonderful pose to warm up your legs and arms with. It’s also an excellent way to get your heart rate up. It’s essentially a leg stretching position with your hands supporting your weight and your head down. This helps get your heart rate going. You can use the hands to push or pull on your ankles or the toes of your feet. You can raise your legs and arms above your head and you can bring them back down onto your thighs and back down onto your hands or you can just raise your legs all the way up to your head with your head down so it’s a bit of a work out for your head.

The Upward Flutist is another great pose and it’s an excellent way to get your heart rate going. It’s a basic position which basically involves you flutisting your arms up and down, up and down and down and it’s a good exercise to help stretch out your legs, arms, back and stomach.
The Downward-Facing Dog is also a good pose for the heart. In this pose you spread your legs wide apart and you raise your hips and thighs up and down in a circular pattern while you inhale and you lower your body and your arms into a reverse-V-shaped position with your palms down. The Downward-Facing Dog helps open up your back and it helps open your chest. It’s a great pose to help build a good heart.

The Tree Pose helps develop a strong back and it can help increase the flexibility of your back if you raise your body into a Backbend and Lowering Bow. The Lowering Bow is a bit harder and it involves balancing and stretching your body up with your arms, legs and hands. You raise your head and you lower your body back and your hands to your knees. You can lower your body down to your knees and back up into an up-bow and you can raise up and lower down into a side-bow, so you can use your arms and legs to help open and stretch your back.
The final standing position is the Tree Pose. The Standing Tree is a great pose for your back. It helps open your hips, your groins and your sacrum. In the Tree, you need to stand with your feet hip distance apart. You should raise your arms up above your head and you should spread your fingers wide with your palm facing down. You need to breathe into your arms and you should hold this position for 5-10 seconds then you can come back to the Downward-Facing Dog.

The Eagle Pose is also good for the heart. It helps tone the heart and the thighs. The Eagle is a good pose if you tend to have heartburn and you have had a lot of stress in the past. It can also help with heartburn in the stomach area.

There are many other poses out there that are beneficial to the back, but they are tough for you to do and you don’t want to do them too long because it’s tough to keep your hips down and your body straight. It’s much easier to choose the Easy Pose and stick with it, and you can add to it later if you like.

For now, the Easy Pose is the one you should use. It’s good for your back and it’s good for your heart and it’s good for your mind and it’s good for your bones. I wish you lots of health and many good years of eating organic oats.

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