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The LOGIC and BENEFITS behind the Sequence of the
12 basic asanas (postures)
Gentle stimulation of the circulatory system:
Fitness workout programs today strongly emphasize a balanced cardiac workout. These yoga postures include this aspect specifically
Inverted poses and abdominal breathing increase venous return to the heart, thus stimulating a stronger heart beat.
The massage action of the specific pressure on the internal organs increases the local blood circulation ensuring a rich supply of the oxygen and nutrients to all cells of the body.
Yoga for the back:
Kyphosis (exaggerated upper back curve), lordosis (exaggerated lower back curve), and scoliosis (lateral deviation), are three common spinal issues. The posture sequence systematically improves these three postural habits and can often relieve the pain associated with them.
Balancing muscle flexibility and muscle strength:
The twelve basic postures develop both strength and flexibility. The sequence when practiced regularly will not show extreme over developed muscles or over flexible joints in the body. This is because the practice of the twelve basic postures develops flexibility and strength in equal measure.
Certain poses increase the blood supply to the brain. This improves control of the pituitary gland, whose hormones regulate such important endocrine glands such as the thyroid gland (involved in cell metabolism) and adrenal glands (emotional balance). Specific poses work like a massage to enhance cellular functions to each gland.
The stretching and relaxing in the first half of the posture sequence, as well as the contraction and relaxing the second half, encourages the (rest and repair) functions of the parasympathetic system. At the same time, it prevents the over-stimulation (fight or flight) reaction of the sympathetic nervous system.
Deep relaxation with auto suggestion:
Impulses transmitted by motor and sensory nerves are regulated or registered in two adjacent areas of the cerebrum. In the wave of relaxation which begins in the feet and ends in the head, visualization (motor) and feeling of relaxation (sensory) impulses are barely distinguishable. The short period of the relaxation between the postures is essential to harmonize
motor and sensory impulses.