Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

What is term Protraction, in asana movement?

Protraction in yoga refers to the movement of the shoulders and shoulder blades away from the midline of the body. This movement is often used in yoga asanas (poses) to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the chest and upper back.

For example, in a pose like plank (Phalakasana), protraction is used to engage the muscles of the chest and shoulder blades, creating a strong and stable base. In a pose like cow face pose (Gomukhasana), protraction is used to stretch and open the chest and shoulders.

Proper alignment and awareness of the body during protraction can help to prevent injury and promote balance and strength throughout the body. It is important to approach protraction with caution and build up strength and flexibility gradually, as it can be a challenging movement for some people.

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