Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

What is term Circumduction, in  asana movement?

Circumduction in yoga refers to a movement that involves rotating a joint in a circular motion, combining flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction. It is often used in yoga asanas (poses) to increase mobility and flexibility in the joints, especially the hips and shoulders.

For example, in a pose like warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), the arms are extended out to the sides, and the shoulders are rotated in a circular motion to create space and openness in the chest and shoulders. In a pose like circle pose (Mandala Chakrasana), the hips are rotated in a circular motion, allowing for a deep stretch in the hips and glutes.

Circumduction can be a beneficial movement for increasing range of motion and preventing injury, but it is important to approach it with caution and gradually build up strength and flexibility. It is also important to maintain proper alignment and awareness of the body during circumduction to avoid overextension or strain.

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