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The Leg-Lock

by: Vasanthi Bhat and Rajiv Jaswa


The Leg Lock is an asana or yogic pose that has numerous benefits. The Leg Lock is a simple warm-up that has the greatest effect upon the neck and upper back. This article will focus upon the mental and physical benefits that are a result of this stretch’s effect upon the neck and upper back.


The Mental Benefits of the Leg Lock

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.


The Physical Benefits of the Leg Lock

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.


Practicing the Leg Lock

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.


How to practice the Two Leg Lock


Tips

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 teaches YOGA in San Jose Bay area.
She is the author of the book The Power of Conscious Breathing in Hatha Yoga
She has also produced a series of excellent YOGA Videos for all ages.



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