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Moving the Body to Still the Mind

Postures that involve controlled stillness help stabilize any erratic rush of blood flow to the brain. Full back bends contract and tone extensors of the spine, while forward folds contract and tone spinal flexors; both strengthen the back. Compacting the lower extremities involves tightening of sphincter muscles in the pelvic region. Forward folds involving whole upper body help stretch and strengthen back of thighs.

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