A handbook of yoga for modern living by Eugene S Rawls

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Fig. ) 3. Lean back a few inches. Make sure your back is straight and your chest is as far up and out as possible. This will stretch your rib cage and your waist and will make certain that you receive the greatest stretching effect when you go into the posture. (Fig. ) 4. Come slowly forward until you grasp the farthermost part of your legs that comfort permits. (Fig. ) It doesn't matter if it is your feet, ankles, calfs, knees or thighs. 5. Now bend your elbows slightly and, aiming your head at your knees, apply a gentle pull until you feel that you : are experiencing just the right stretch for you.

Hatha (Physical) Yoga | 55 Practicing the SHOULDER STAND as the first of your Yoga techniques is usually desirable because of its positive effect upon the circulation of blood through your entire body. It should be practiced every day, one time, holding it for three minutes. You may increase this time to as much as ten minutes if you do so in a methodical manner by adding thirty seconds a week. BENEFITS The SHOULDER STAND is one of the greatest blessings to man. Everyone should practice it daily for the promotion of health.

When you think your spine has regained enough elasticity to be ready to go into the next stage, experiment by gently feeling your way down an inch or so at a time. There is never any hurry in Yoga. Hurrying, or pushing yourself in any way in this science, will definitely slow or even stop your progress. You cannot force development in Yoga. You will learn the deeper significance of slowness in the mental, or Raja, Yoga section. ) Hold the posture shown in Fig. 47 for ten seconds the first week.

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