Nearly everyone accumulates stress and tension during their lives. However, stress is harmful both physically and mentally. Stress is stored as muscle tension making the muscles stiff and tight. Most of our tension is stored in the neck and upper back areas. Since the Leg Lock stretches out these areas, it helps release stress and tension. Therefore, it is a very relaxing pose that can be used to relieve stress almost instantaneously.
This asana stretches out the upper back and neck, and therefore its benefits center upon the muscles in these regions. The Leg lock is useful to those who suffer from neck and upper back pains. It also prevents whiplash and chronic back problems as it strengthens these muscles. This pose also stretches lower back spine, the hip, and the abdominal muscles. The Leg Lock also compresses the abdominal region. The stomach, pancreas, small and large intestines, are all massaged through abdominal compression. Therefore, it is helpful with complications of those organs, which include diabetes and various forms of cancer. As evident, this pose is extremely powerful with tremendous benefits that can be achieved through consistent practice.
This pose can be used to warm-up with during a morning or evening routine in which you may practice various other asanas. This pose can also be done individually, or can used as part of a warm-up routine before or after any physical activity. Follow the procedure listed below.
As everybody’s body is different and has different needs, the procedure above is simply a guideline, and it is better to try variations of the procedure listed above until you find what suits your body. Remember never to strain your body. It not only harms your body, but also detracts from the benefits achieved through practicing this pose. Finally, when practicing this pose try to find a quiet or isolated area environment where you may relax and focus upon the benefits of this asana or meditiate if you so desire.
Vasanthi Bhat is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, author, publisher, and producer. She is also the founder of Vasantha Yoga Health and Fitness Center in San Jose, California. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 22 years.
Vasanthi has produced a series of Video tapes, audio CDs, and has written several books.
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