Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

What is term Flexion, in compare with asana movement? 

In the context of yoga, flexion refers to a movement that involves decreasing the angle between two body parts, usually bringing them closer together. This movement is commonly used to describe the movement of the spine, where flexion involves rounding the spine forward and bringing the head and tailbone closer together. For example, in seated forward fold (Paschimottanasana), the spine is flexed as the torso folds forward and the head moves toward the knees. Other examples of flexion in yoga include cat pose (Marjaryasana), where the spine is flexed as the torso rounds and the head drops, and child’s pose (Balasana), where the spine is flexed as the hips sink back and the arms reach forward. Flexion can help to stretch and lengthen the muscles in the back, hips, and legs, improve mobility and flexibility in the spine, and calm the mind and nervous system. However, excessive or incorrect flexion can also lead to strain and tension in the neck, shoulders, and lower back, so it is important to move mindfully and listen to your body’s needs during practice.

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