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A Good Protocol?

Dream Yogi2010-07-05 02:32:22 +0000 #1
Sometimes I like to go into plough asana at the start of my practice before doing anything else.

What I like to do is just simply let the legs hang in the air where they will as gravity gradually stretches them out. I will just lie passively breathing for several minutes as slowly with time I feel my body limbering and stretching into the posture and eventually I will be able to put my legs all the way down and begin working on stretching out the spine.

It is a very fun process and I really like the pose as it is, in a way, very passive, especially when performed this way, yet greatly stretches the body.

Not that I need approval of anyone other than myself (right?) but it is a question I pose to see if anyone else does anything similar, or what they think.

If I wanted to show someone new to yoga this, assuming they are limber enough to get the legs in the air, is it a good move, in that they wouldn't be "trying" to do anything rather they would just rely on gravity and stop if they want to?
Mangala2010-07-05 02:43:38 +0000 #2
Re: A Good Protocol?

I would be reluctant to show this way of practicing to a new beginner. The contraindication would be flattening out the cervical curves in the neck. If it feels as good for you as you described and you are able to maintain comfort in the neck then there is probably no harm in you doing the asana. But I definitely would not extrapolate what works for your body to that of a beginner.
xela2010-07-05 02:49:04 +0000 #3
Halasana is a great asana, that's for sure. I usually incorporate it into every home practice I do. I also agree with Mangala and if I was going to introduce someone to yoga I'd keep it "by the book" as must as possible.

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