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My yoga resolution for this week

A while back I mentioned that I very much enjoy seated yoga over standing, though you can express the same principles and get the same sorts of benefits from both. I still prefer groundwork.  so much, in fact, that it is easy to get pressed for time or get to feeling lazy and only do the groundwork to the exclusion of the standing practice.
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Well, one of the interesting things about yoga is its balancing effects.  It's hard to get too far off one end of any spectrum in yoga before you start tending back the other way.  Lately I've been missing the standing practice, though it is onerous to me, so I made a resolution for this week - I will only do standing practices this week - no seated postures.  When the groundwork comes up in my practices, I figure to make the following substitutions:
  • replace all virasana (kneeling) and shavasana (supine lying) with tadasana (mountain pose)
  • replace supta padangusthasana (hip openers) and baddha konasana (bound angle) and upavistha konasana (wide angle) with vrksasana (tree pose)
and etc...  This is what I figure to explore this week whether I like it or not, and next week we'll see if my practices return to a more balanced routine.  Wish me luck!
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Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: mokurendojo@gmail.com or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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