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You must actively move to help change the human condition. Otherwise, you-constantly frustrated and agonizing-will stew in the juices of your discontent. This only makes it worse. Through yoga practice, you will begin to change your physiological state. You will be more likely to dwell on that with which you are contented, to be motivated to help change what you are able to change, and to begin to change the subject every time you notice you've begun the broken record of discontent. You will shift over to a more parasympathetic nervous system balance, to relaxation.

Breathe in and out quietly and easily. It should not be forced. The corpse posture is said to relax the mind and body. The nerves and muscles are soothed, rested, restored. Ordinarily when we sleep, we do not remain relaxed but go through various neuromuscular experiences. With the corpse position you deliberately, consciously remain relaxed for a given period of time. 1t has been shown to reduce high blood pressure (Patel, 1975; Patel, 1973; Patel & North, 1975). It helps reduce anxiety and nervousness.

4. Follow the appropriate breath pattern for that posture. 5. Come slowly out of the posture. Take about 10 Oms. 6. Take the corpse position. Do deep breathing for about one minute or 60 Oms. 7. During that time, be aware. Practice self-sensing. Scan your 40 ASANAS: WHAT TO DO body for the after-effects of having done the posture: proprioceptive sensations, heat changes, differences in body position, feelings of relaxation. 8. Visualize the next posture. The following postures are presented as a basic set which is the core of somatic yoga: corpse, legs up position, half shoulderstand, shoulderstand, fIsh, plough, cobra, locust, bow, spinal twist, yoga mudra, head-to-knee pose, stork, tree, and headstand.

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