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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

Preparing with Powerful Warm-Ups

In This Chapter

arrow Finding ground zero with floor-based warm-ups

arrow Feeding the tiger in your tank

arrow Standing up to your warm-ups

Ever driven your car without first warming up the engine? Everyone knows that a cold engine is a poor performer, subject to backfiring and stalling out. Well, the wonderful machine that you call your body doesn’t run smoothly without a warm-up, either. If you want your body to function at full capacity, with limber joints, flexible muscles, and energy to spare, you need to take time to warm ’er up before any strenuous activity — and that definitely includes your Power Yoga workouts. Even the most advanced Power Yoga practitioners take time to warm up before launching into a fast-paced Power Yoga session.

In this chapter, you find a series of warm-up routines. They’re divided into two categories: warm-ups practiced on the floor (lying down, sitting, or kneeling) and standing warm-ups.

Getting Down with Warm-Ups on the Floor

These gentle warm-ups are designed to gradually speed up the circulation of your whole body, through balanced stretches and counter-stretches. (A counter-stretch stretches the opposite side of the ...

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