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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 7

Classic Bending Floor Postures

The backbone enables you to bend forward, backward, and sideways, and it also allows you to twist. You perform all these motions every day, but you may do them unconsciously and without adequate muscular support. Yoga uses the natural movements of the spine to train the various muscles supporting it, which contributes to a healthy back and prevents back pain.

This chapter presents a variety of yogic bends. Think of them as simple extensions of the breath. Inhalation takes you naturally into a back bend, and exhalation takes you into a forward bend (for more on breath and movement, flip to Book II, Chapter 1). You can perform bending postures from many different positions — standing, kneeling, sitting, lying, or even turned upside-down (see Book II, Chapter 6). Because the upright bending postures are covered in Book II, Chapter 3, and the most popular bends for warm-up in Book II, Chapter 2, this chapter highlights ...

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