⠀ Following the pranayama breathing, the Half Moon Pose, Backward Bending and Hands To Feet Pose of the Bikram Yoga series energetically stretches the spine in all 4 directions to stimulate the central nervous system and prepare the body for the class ahead. ⠀ ⠀ Taking two sets of these postures enables connection with mind-body awareness by engaging in breath based movements to explore the limits of your flexibility at the beginning of the practice.⠀ ⠀ Additional to stimulating the central nervous system, the half moon pose strengthens and stretches the thighs and hamstrings by keeping the muscles active and engaged. ⠀ In the half moon and backward bend, the organs receive a energizing lateral and frontal stretch. In the standing forward bend, the organs are given a detoxifying compression.
The final pose within the Bikram warm up series, eagle pose works to open up and mobilize the major joints of the body to prepare them for the class ahead.⠀ ⠀ The simple twisting motion which is held in place by use of core stabilizing muscles. Also helps to increase circulation of blood through the lymphatic system & kidneys.⠀ ⠀ The key to making this posture work is to create opposing tension between your compressed legs and arms drawing down towards the ground while simultaneously lifting the upper body up and back.⠀ ⠀ The key to holding this posture is to engage your core and keep the upper body upright by lifting the chest- this will help redistribute the balance of weight.⠀