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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
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The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

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2003 SPECIAL SUMMER HEALING ISSUE

SIMPLE YOGA POSE FOR SUMMER: LOCUST POSE
Adapted from "The Yoga Year" by Celia Toler (Storey Books, 2001). As appearing at the website: www.care2.com/go/redirect/1/4425  and http://www.care2.com/go/redirect/1/442

The Yoga pose known as the "Locust" is perfect for Summer since it looks almost like swimming in the air. The Locust gives more flexibility and stretch to refresh the body and mind. Here are the easy directions for this lower-back strengthening, refreshing form of body-mind-spirit exercise.

This subtle backbend strengthens the muscles in the lower back. Do only three or four.

1. Lie on your front, arms to either side, palms up. Rest the forehead on the ground, keeping the back of the neck long.

2. Exhale toward the back of the waist and let the upper body lengthen forward and up. Keep the chin in. Bring the arms up behind, palms facing each other. Keep the pelvis heavy, the pubic bone and legs down, buttocks relaxed. The tailbone lengthens downward. Lengthen the back of the waist. Take the shoulders down and back as the arms come up, palms facing. Keep the back of the neck long, chin in.

3. Take a full cycle of breath, if possible, lengthening on the out-breath, before relaxing down. Rest before repeating the pose, using the arm variations below, if desired:

Variation 1 - Clasp the arms behind the skull, elbows out.

Variation 2 - Stretch the arms out in front and rise up from the ground as the torso lengthens forward and up.

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