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April 27, 2015
Pranam Fellow Yogis,
Every yoga teacher should guide students through a warm-up or Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations. This should never be omitted from your lesson plans. Warm-up exercises while especially important for students of advanced years are still relevant for students of all ages. In countries where students operate computers all day, said students may walk into a yoga class after hours of sitting hunched over a computer or sitting in a car for prolonged time. Their mind and body need to be free of tension and relaxed. Taking the first few minutes of class to get the body moving and focus the mind will allow students to enter their yoga practice with more purpose and a clearer focus of living in the present.
Examples of yoga warm-up exercises are the following: The Palm tree which looses the shoulders and upper body with slow gradual swaying movements. Head roll allows the neck to loosen up. Shoulder rotation which allows the neck, upper back and shoulders to warm up) Spinal Rock loosens up the back and spine, activates the spleen, digestive system and quiets the nervous system. This is a good overall warm up for the entire back. And finally the alternate leg raises which warms up the lower back, tone and strengthens the spine, hips and legs. I chose these warm-ups because they loosen up all major muscles from head to toe. This allows the student to fully warm up each part of the body and allows them to check for areas that may be generating pain.
Blessings to you.
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