WARM UP : Warming up the body by increasing the blood circulation and heart rate is an essential part of yoga. Although some individuals use the Sun Salutation as a warm-up in yoga, if convenient, we recommend a 10 – 12 minute warm-up consisting of a brisk walk, cycling, running, etc. The warm-up should be intense enough to increase body temperature, to warm up the muscles and cause a slight sweat but not cause any fatigue.
THE BENEFITS OF WARMING UP
• Increase body and tissue temperature.
• Increase blood flow through the active muscles
• Increase the heart rate, preparing the cardiovascular system for work
• Increase the exchange rate of oxygen and carbon dioxide from hemoglobin in the blood
• Increase the speed at which nerve impulses travel, facilitating body movements
• Increase reciprocal innervation efficiency, allowing muscles to contract and relax faster and more efficiently
• Decrease muscular tension
• Enhance the ability of connective tissue to elongate
COOL DOWN : The cool-down period is just as important as the warm up. The cool-down period helps the body return to its pre-yoga practice state, a small investment of time for the many benefits received.A minimum quiet down of half hour is usually recommended when every yoga session.
CORPSE is usually practiced throughout the cool-down period. A properly performed cool down will:
• Help clear the muscles of accumulated lactic acid
• Lessen excessive fatigue
• Reduce soreness and cramps
• Keep muscles from tightening up
• Lower blood pressure
• come the temperature back to resting levels
• Restore the center rate to a resting level in brief, a relax speeds overall recovery in preparation for succeeding yoga sessions. A cool down is also helpful to relax and unwind the mind, a transition from the intensity of the yoga session to the day-to-day activities. Cooling down is a wonderful way to re-align or re-position the body’s postural mechanics. Positioning the body in anatomical optimum posture in CORPSE, minimizes the stress on the body joints and muscles. Maintaining this posture for at least 10 – 15 minutes re-educates the body (hardware) and mind (software) to adapt to this comfortable, stress-free posture.