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June 12, 2015, 07:34:48 PM
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Henry

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I've attempted to practice veos' yoga in his "The Practice of Yoga" but I can't even do half of them because I'm not flexible enough. What are some stretching routines that some of you recommend for these? Also, when is the best time to stretch, in the morning or in the evening?

June 12, 2015, 07:53:42 PM
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I prefer morning stretches. The Sun Salutation is a simple and classic Yoga 'form' found easily online or in most books. From a kung fu/qi gong perspective, the Eight Brocades/Pulling Reeling Silk exercises are of great benefit, but they lack the ground exercises found in the Sun Salutation. The Pigeon Flow is also one of my favorites. Some schools may call it the Swan Flow... I learned it in my Karate class when I first started training as a cool down and dynamic stretch after a good bout of calisthenics, forms, partner sets, and sparring.
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In addition to a specific time you set aside for stretching, you might find it useful to do small amounts of stretching throughout each day. Like if you're sitting at a desk, take a few minutes to pull your toes towards you while you work. If you're sitting waiting for the bus, put a leg up on the other and start pulling the foot closer and closer to your main body. While standing in an elevator that's nearly empty, plant your feet firmly and use whatever your fingers can find good purchase on in order to do torso twists. In the shower, do whatever you can with the space you have (especially if you're taking a hot shower as the heat will help greatly). Etc.

You won't have the warm up and warm down of a full practice session, but it will help keep your muscles and whatnot loose throughout the day until you get to your next practice. Also, if you don't know already, remember to relax during the stretching; doing stretches while tense does help a little but nowhere near as much while relaxed.

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June 19, 2015, 05:03:21 PM
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Thanks guys! Another question. In his article veos says to do yoga in the order of asana, pranayama, and pratyahara. Should i wait until i can sit in a specific asana before i start pranayama, or can i just sit cross legged and start right now?