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Here’s a yoga practice anyone can master | Yoga & You

December 22, 2012 · Updated 2:19 PM

This simple yoga practice tells the body and the mind to relax. / Clipart.com

By Michael Szymanski, NASM, CES

It takes years to master the techniques of yoga, but there are some short, easy to learn practices that almost anyone can do in just a few minutes. The catch is you have to do them regularly. It’s just that simple. I think you’ll find them transformational.

— Subject: Being uptight.
— Practice: Take a chest breath and, after a slight pause, release. Take an upper belly breath (right below the ribs). Hold … and release. Take a lower belly breath, pause and lift your toes, exhale and release the toes.
— Theory: When you’re under stress, you unconsciously pull your chest, solar plexus, lower belly and perineum in and up. You also grip the floor with your toes. This practice tells the body and the mind to relax.
— Comment: Most of us are in low-grade “flight or fight” all the time, to the great detriment of our health. Do this when you notice that you need a break.
— Note: “When awareness comes, everything begins to change.”

— Michael Szymanski has taught yoga classes at Bainbridge, Hansville, Kingston and Poulsbo studios for 15 years. Contact at kingstonyogacenter@gmail.com.


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