You can move your body in four natural directions:
✓ Flexion: Bending forward
✓ Extension: Bending backward
✓ Lateral flexion: Bending sideways
✓ Rotation: Twisting your body
Normally, when people move they tend to hold or strain their breath. In Yoga, you simply follow the natural flow of the breath. As a rule, adopt this pattern:
✓ Inhale when moving into back bends (as shown in Figure 5-4a).
✓ Exhale when moving into forward bends (see Figure 5-4b).
✓ Exhale when moving into side bends (see Figure 5-4c).
✓ Exhale when moving into twists (as shown in Figure 5-4d).
Breathing properly during postures is important.
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