There are several movement patterns present in modern day yoga sequences that are reflective of the cultural context in which yoga originated.

 


 

A posture like Ardha Matsyendrasana is an example of this. Effectively there is the requirement for a deep squat, a comfortable cross legged sitting position, and a twist. The effect of this posture traditionally is to stimulate the abdominal organs; to create a seal, or bandha around the abdomen. 

 

However, due to the lifestyle of individu...


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