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Yoga Basics News  •  No.159  •  August 18, 2014  



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From the Founder

When we actively hold a yoga pose, we create a controlled stressful event in the body, and this naturally prompts the body to respond in habitual patterns to stress: tensing the face and jaw, hunching the shoulders, shortening the breath, etc. When sustaining a posture, we must be mindful of the effort and engagement of the muscles and adjust the effort to match only what is required by the pose, relaxing any muscles that are not needed. By consciously holding the poses using a balanced amount of engagement and with a slow, deep breath we begin to re-train our natural response to stress. This training of right effort and willful action (abhyasa) will make the yoga poses more effective and enjoyable as well as reducing stress both on and off the mat. Since habitual patterns to stress are deeply ingrained, it takes a regular and constant yoga practice, a conscious and consistent inquiry of abhyasa in each pose, to slowly reprogram these patterns.

  

Timothy Burgin
Founder & Executive Director
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