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Old 03-05-2009
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What are your favourite yoga poses that relate to swimming in the sense that they enhance your flexibility, balance, or whatever?

It's a little sad that I can do a triangle pose but just standing and holding my arms in a streamline position seems to take more effort. Like this: http://z.about.com/d/yoga/1/0/o/tadandurd.jpg
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I often prescribe child's pose for triathletes with inflexible ankles. In this pose, you kneel on the floor with your sitz bones resting on your heels with the tops of your feet flat on the floor (stretching the ankle area). You can also stretch the insteps of your feet by modifying the pose so that you are balancing on your toes while resting on your sitz bones, rather than keeping the tops of your feet flat on the ground. It is easy to teach these poses to people who do not already do Yoga.
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Old 03-06-2009
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I often prescribe child's pose for triathletes with inflexible ankles. In this pose, you kneel on the floor with your sitz bones resting on your heels with the tops of your feet flat on the floor (stretching the ankle area). You can also stretch the insteps of your feet by modifying the pose so that you are balancing on your toes while resting on your sitz bones, rather than keeping the tops of your feet flat on the ground. It is easy to teach these poses to people who do not already do Yoga.
Ah, yeah, that's a good one. Do you have them sit upright or lower their heads to the floor? (The upright position could also be called seiza.)

I like lowering my head with my arms to the sides. That seems to release tension in my back.

I've seen child's pose used with the arms extended and head down to stretch the lets and such. Pointing the upper body to the left or right helps to stretch the sides more.

I've tried sitting with me feet to the sides of my legs. That's pretty intense for me. haha
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Old 03-07-2009
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What are your favourite yoga poses that relate to swimming in the sense that they enhance your flexibility, balance, or whatever?
To me, this would be like asking what is your favorite wrist in swimming. Yoga is meant to be a holistic system of both increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles.

Although it is discussed in another thread, I suggest studying The Genius of Flexibility, because it is a rediscovery of Yoga starting from a different root, so by reading it, you can get a very good sense of why Yoga does what it does.
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Although it is discussed in another thread, I suggest studying The Genius of Flexibility, because it is a rediscovery of Yoga starting from a different root, so by reading it, you can get a very good sense of why Yoga does what it does.
Without video guidance on the stretches in the book, I don't feel comfortable doing them. Some I can figure out. Others I'm not sure about.
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