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March 29, 2023

What is the importance of warm-ups in yoga classes?

Yoga asana practice, like all other physical activities, requires the practitioner to challenge and stretch the muscles while creating safe space in the joints. Since an integral part of most physical Yogic practices includes meditation and breathing exercises, many practitioners feel that Yogic exercise provides a “gentle workout” and skip the vital warm up session to tackle more challenging postures as soon as possible. This can be very dangerous since warming up the body before attempting these more challenging postures can prevent injury. Including warm-ups in yoga sessions before asana practice is important because it helps to heat up the body from within, while it gradually increases blood and fluid circulation. A Yoga warm up also helps to loosen muscles and joints gently, which eliminates stiffness, improves flexibility, and maintains good alignment while going deeper into postures.

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