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Preparation postures for warming up
Bringing your body back into balance with compensation postures
The art and science of sequencing in yoga, called vinyasa-krama (pronounced veen-yah-sah-krah-mah), is often referred to as flow. Paying attention to proper sequencing can help you achieve the best possible flow of postures and derive maximum benefit from your yoga session.
Although sequencing has many approaches, you can’t go wrong when you bear in mind the following four basic categories:
Any physical exercise requires adequate warm-up, and yoga is no exception. Warm-up exercises increase circulation to the parts of your body you’re about to use and make you more aware of those areas of your physical self. What’s different about the yoga warm-up (called preparation postures) is that you do it slowly and deliberately, with conscious breathing and awareness.
You typically perform warm-up postures dynamically, which means you move in ...