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When your student asks you, "What yoga pose should I practice?"

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

Should you do sun salutations? Standing poses? A restorative practice? Or particular asanas that are right for you?

The good news is that it doesn’t really matter which poses or sequences you do. The main benefits of yoga are whole body. Your whole body is made more flexible and strong, and your whole immune system is strengthened.

Sure, certain types of poses have a particular focus. Backbends are energizing and “open the heart” and chest area. Seated forward bends are calming and introspective – good for winding down ahead of meditation. However watch out for older yoga books that make great claims that this pose “cures” such and such. The human body is much more complex than that.

Practice what you feel is right for you. If you like structure, sun salutations in the morning will wake you up and get you going for the day. A restorative practice of gentle asana, pranayama and meditation is a great way to end the day.

Happy practicing!

Paul Fox

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