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Time spent in the postures

Dr_Gonzo2010-07-04 17:12:22 +0000 #1
Hi there, I was wondering is it better to do a set routine, staying in the postures for only minute, and get a general workout. Or do only a few posture, but stay in for a longer time (say 5 mins+). So you get a real understanding of the position.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:24:48 +0000 #2
There is no "better" in the case you state.

It depends entirely on your intention or purpose for practicing.

Care to state them?
Dr_Gonzo2010-07-04 17:21:04 +0000 #3
Hi InnerAthlete, my main reason for taking up yoga was rehabilitation of a sporting injury. However, I have kept up my practice since the injury has got better. The reason I ask the question, about the time you should spend in a posture. Is from a Taoist ideology, that 'one begins two, two begins three, and three begins a thousand things'... (Sorry if the quote is not exactly right). So you make sure that you have a good foundation of the basic postures. Aswell as getting the full benefit of the stretch. Rather than doing alot of positions, and not getting any benefit from doing them. Because you rushed about doing alot of different postures. Also I gather that yoga works, by stemming the flow of blood to the muscles, etc. So creating a dam effect, then when the position is released. The blood flushes the area, clearing any stagnation in it path.

Also due to commitments I am unable to get to any yoga classes. So all that I have learned about yoga, has been from books/DVD’s. So you will have to forgive me if this seems like a stupid question. As I have no teacher to guide me on this path. However, I welcome any sage words of wisdom that you have to give on this subject.

Many thanks

Dr Gonzo

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