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Joint Release Poses
Many people experience joint stiffness for a number of different reasons. It maybe that people are not used to moving joints through the full range of potential mobility. This could be a lifelong habit being a result of decreased activity or it may be due to life stage, injury or illness. it could equally be due to overuse of certain joints creating the symptoms of "repetitive stress" in different areas of the body; for example, long hours typing on a key pad at a computer (before starting Yoga I suffered with RSI myself), or the impact created by many sporting activities on particular joints. Feet that are used to being cramped and confined in shoes will most likely have limited freedom and mobility in the 26 bones of the feet. Sedentary lifestyle, age and age related degenerative conditions, illness, injury and even diet can all produce joint stiffness to varying degrees.
Stiffness in the joints is created by a substance called 'ama' that is undigested material within the body. This is a term used in the system of Ayurveda, yoga's medicinal and lifestyle partner in the living science of the body, mind and spirit. This means we have accumulated material within the cells, tissues and joints of the body that produce toxicity and degeneration if this material is not flushed from the systems. Specialised movement combined with breath enable the clearing and cleaning to occur. This phase of the practice is best accompanied by increased water intake (warm and not chilled is best) and more basic, natural and unprocessed diet to aid the flushing and cleansing process generated by the practice.
These poses are great at any time of the day when we have been engaged in work, activity or non - activity that produces stiffness or tension in areas of the body as a consequence.
Sukhasana (easy pose) is a lovely way to sit in order to do these poses, you could prop yourself up by sitting the edge of your bottom on your towel or bolster or pillow.
Vajrasana (seated on the knees) is a lovely way to move through the flowing joint release series, If you find it difficult on the knees place a rolled towel, block or bolster under the bottom.
Take your time and really enjoy the benefits of today's joint releasing asanas.
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