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V A S I S H T A S A N A
During this asana the following errors might occur:
1. Bending the body;
2. Not keeping the immobility;
3. Stretching the soles.
There are no contraindications to this pose.
THE PLACE IN THE SERIES OF ASANAS
Vasishtasana can be integrated in the series of warming up techniques, before the Sun Salutation, or as an independent asana, after Ardha-Matsynedrasana.
The main effects of this asana will be perceived on the level of the musculature.
THE HIPS AND THE PELVIC AREA
This asana sets in motion a lot of muscles that are rarely used, not only in yoga, but also in sports and gymnastics.
The back musculature is especially strengthened and worked out, as the oblique muscles of the abdominal musculature, which represents an important aspect in the light of pranayama exercises.
The muscles from the area oriented towards the floor are most worked out, which allows a better rib respiration.
This pose forces the practitioner to perform the yogic breath with controlled abdominal muscles, whose advantages it grants completely.
It is enough to focus on the way you breathe in the final pose of this asana in order to feel exactly how the breathing with controlled abdominal muscles should be done.
Consequently, this pranayama technique will be a lot easier to be performed afterwards.
The musculature of the shoulders is harmoniously strengthened.
THE SPINE MUSCLES
From this set of muscles, those placed obliquely as reported to the spine are mainly fortified. The musculature of the spine is highly energized in this position.
The stretch of some important muscular groups in a less ordinary attitude has as effect the correction of the various static defects of the spine. The state of the entire spine depends on the status of its muscles and ligaments.
Precisely the muscles and ligaments, which are supposed to sustain and straighten the spine are becoming deformed. These props are correctly stretched through this pose.
The spine should always be as straight and as aligned as it is when doing Vasishtasana.
This pose strengthens and restores the wrists’ suppleness.
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
The main beneficiary of this asana is the double sympathetic chain placed along the spine, on one side and the other.
As the muscles of the spine are very much active in this asana, they cause a flow of blood towards the nervous vital centers.
The supplemental advantage of this exercise is its action on the entire sympathetic chain, and not only on one portion of it.
The improved blood flow of the vertebral musculature increases also the circulation of the blood through the sanguine vessels that feed the spine, which has direct and favorable effects on all the functions, not only vegetative, but also motrice and sensorial of the nervous system.