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Yoga All-In-One For Dummies by Consumer Dummies, Larry Payne, Georg Feuerstein, Sherrie Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Stephan Bodian, LaReine Chabut, Therese Iknoian

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Chapter 2

Please Be Seated

In This Chapter

arrow Using good technique to gain physical and spiritual benefits

arrow Executing fundamental sitting postures

Your everyday sitting preferences have a decided effect on your capacity to feel steady and comfortable in the yoga postures, whether standing or sitting. If you’re new to yoga and its sitting postures, you’ll soon discover that a lifetime of chair sitting exacts a stiff price. Your work with the postures in this book can help you gradually improve your floor sitting, but until you’re ready to make the transition to the floor, use a chair when you sit for formal practice. After all, two of the largest yoga organizations in the world, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and Transcendental Meditation (TM), encourage their Western practitioners to use a chair for meditation and breathing exercises.

This chapter describes a variety of sitting postures that you can use for relaxation, meditation, breath control, and various cleansing practices — or as a starting point for other postures.

Yoga uses many other sitting postures as well; you can gradually add to your basic repertoire as your joints become more flexible and your back muscles gain strength. ...

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