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Yoga Positions

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So you have mastered the Yoga positions and now you are looking to move onto more complicated Yoga positions.  Congratulations, it has taken a lot of discipline to master the traditional Yoga poses.  Nevertheless, it is important to remember that just because you have ample control over the basic Yoga poses, you should still be very careful with any Yoga positions you try.  You would not want to injure yourself while mastering new Yoga positions.  Also, be sure to check with your physician and get a full physical before taking on Yoga practices.

The next of several Yoga positions you can master is the Viirasana Yoga position.  This Yoga position allows you to stretch all of the muscles in your body and to release the tension that your muscles have accumulated from mundane activities.  In this Yoga position, you need to kneel on the ground with your feet placed firmly together.  Sit up straight with your hands touching the floor.  Then, stretch both arms out and away from you, slowing bringing them up to a horizontal level while you focus on your breathing.  Next, slowly move your arms until they touch, well above your head.

After you have fully stretched your upper body, you will begin to return to the beginning of the Viirasana Yoga position as does the hero of any epic journey.  Take your hands and slowly bring them down to the horizontal level, again focus on your breathing.  Next, continue the Yoga position, slowly move your arms until they touch the floor once again—this Yoga position is now complete.  You may desire to repeat this exercise several times to fully release upper body tension.

Another Yoga position, one that requires significant flexibility to accomplish, is the Matsyansana Yoga position.  In the Matsyansana Yoga position, you will sit as if you would when performing the Lotus Yoga pose and the lay back on the floor with your arms folded together while supporting your head.  This particular Yoga position is used to limber up the spine and to stretch the entire body.

Alternatively, a less rigorous way to stretch the spine can be identified in the Bhujaungasana Yoga position.  In this Yoga position, you are to lie on the floor on your abdomen. Place your hands flat on the floor near your shoulders and while keeping your legs straight and your toes pointed, push your upper body up off the floor—giving your spine a good stretch.  It is important that you do not overextend yourself in this Yoga position so that you do not pull the muscles in your lower back region.

Yet another Yoga position that you can choose to master is the Bhastrikasana Yoga position.  This Yoga position is much like a fetal pose and will help you firm and strength your abdominal muscles as well as help you limber up your lower back.  Again, this Yoga position is not to be performed if you are uncertain that you can physically handled the flexibility that such a Yoga position requires.  In the Bhastrikasana Yoga position you are to lie on the floor completely flat with your hands place at your sides.  Now, simultaneously, you are to draw your knees into your chest and your head into your knees while you draw your arms in to wrap around your knees.