I used to despise this pose, now I do it every single day.
People who draw on my Sivananda Yoga style practice I have described so far, what I have tried, is to give instructions on how to do each of the various categories of exercises.
So far we have worked through the sun exercises, the inversions, the forward, backward and side flexing exercises as well as the compensation postures. In accordance with the sequence of poses, we will now go through the sitting and standing exercises prescribed by the late Swami Vishnu Devananda for the execution of the Yoga style named after his teacher.
Diamond pose (Vajrasana):
Basically sit on your knees.
- Strengthens the pelvic muscles.
-Is a preventive measure against hernia.
When practicing after meals (of course those recommended in section 3 of this text), digestion is ensured.
During your session it will take 1-2 minutes. If you want to sit longer, you can put a pillow between the knee to relieve the joints (if necessary).
Standing Forward Bend: Pada Hasthasan
Stand up straight.
Bend back and exhale now and touch your toes or reach for your ankles. This is basically Paschimothanasana and shares the benefits as well. 15 seconds to 1 minute.
Lateral bends stimulate the major organs, such as the liver, kidneys, stomach and spleen.
Triangle pose (Trikonasana):
Stand up straight and stretch your legs about 3 to 4 feet apart. Bend to the left and touch the ground as shown. Stand straight without bending your knees and repeat the same on the right.
-Ton the spinal nerves and abdominal organs.
- Increases the peristalsis, the body becomes lighter.
It strengthens the reproductive organisms and alleviates chemical imbalances.
There you have it, the sitting, standing, forward and backward bending exercises, all of which are prescribed for practicing the Sivananda method of yoga asanas.
After discussing these poses, in the next article I will briefly discuss a few different passages that are used in yoga at certain times and may not necessarily be in the order of the asanas discussed so far.
So like always,