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Asana: How to Know When To Come Out...

Students in yoga classes sometimes believe they should stay in an asana (pose) until the teacher says to come out. Maybe you have been fortunate enough to hear a yoga teacher say something to the effect of, "Know that you can come out of any pose, at any time, for any reason." You may not believe it, but it's true! If you're watching your own experience, be it the body, the breath, or the mind you will know when to come out. There may be a little (or a large) internal debate, but acting on one's desire to stop is usually much more valuable than "toughing it out." The first of the eight limbs of Yoga in Sri Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Yama (containment of our human impulses) begins with Ahimsa,

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