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5 Ways To Deepen Your Yoga Poses

January 27, 2012

  1.  Practice.  This may sound too obvious but when you are looking to deepen any yoga pose you do need to practice it regularly.
  2. Hold.  Hold the pose, just slightly longer than you would normally.  This enables you to feel the subtle changes within the muscles as you move towards the edge of your comfort zone. However, you never go over that threshold into the pain zone.  The aim is to gradually extend the comfort zone.
  3. Relax.   Maintain the strength in the large muscles that are being used in the pose whilst relaxing the small muscles that are not being used.
  4. Breathe.  Breathe in deeply making space within your pose and as you breath out deepen your pose, e.g. twist a little further, bend forward a little more.
  5. Let go.  Sometimes it is necessary to stop trying too hard. Letting go of any expectations. The deeper poses will come in their own time.
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