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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 3

What's different about yoga...

Posted By: Jenny
Date: March-30, 1998 at 07:50:27

...is that you BREATHE through the poses (i.e., the "stress"), as opposed to holding the breath, which we do instinctively when faced with a new experience, task, or challenge. As a Kripalu yoga instructor, I remind my students that we induce a specific stress, then work with the mind and the breath to neutralize the "fight or flight" response in the body/mind. Thus we're learning new ways of meeting stress and staying centered--calm and breathing--which carry over into everyday situations. Interesting that the two poses you mention--Bow and Locust--are both backbends, in which the adrenal glands receive a stimulating squeeze and release. I can literally feel the adrenaline surge from these postures, and the subsequent DEEP calm that results from the "letting go" phase of the posture. The relaxation pose is the most important one of all--and for many it's the hardest to learn.....give up control? Who, me? :-)

There's a misconception that you've got to be "in shape", wear leotards, etc., to do yoga. Not these days! It's a wonderful fitness program that people of all ages and shapes can do, each working at their own pace. Since finding out about ER4YT, however, I've been giving my type O body some more intense, sweat-inducing exercise as well, and that feels right.

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