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What is warm up?

Lenka Pagan

Warm up is preparing the body for a performance, preparing the muscles for vigorous actions both physically and mentally beforehand.

Warm up is a critical part of any exercise to prevent injuries and help reduce aches during and after the practice. A warm up should be always done before stretching as cold muscles do not absorb shock well and are more prone to injuries.

The warm up combinations are endless, and I like to modify them time to time or according to ability of my yoga students/clients.

What are the some of the benefits of warm up?

  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Increased heart rate
  • Supply of energy
  • Enabling oxygen in the blood to travel with greater speed and at a higher volume
  • Release of adrenaline
  • Increase of temperature in the muscles
  • Greater extensibility and elasticity of muscle fibres
  • Increase of muscle metabolism and more…

How long should you do warm up?

Depending on weather and combination of movements – usually 5 to 10 minutes.

Please check this video with gentle warm up movements which I like to use quite often in my classes. 😉



After this warm up I always include Sun Salutation which you can view here: https://lenkapagan.com/sun-salutation-best-warm-part-1/


Lenka Pagan
Lenka supports women to live happier and healthier life. :-)

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