Standing Jattis – warm up stretches
The warm up stretches in yoga are called jattis. In an earlier lesson we learned several warm up exercises in the seated position. This video demonstrates some basic yoga warm up practices in the standing position.
Jattis are an important part of any hatha yoga practice. The greater tension and stiffness in the body, the greater the need to focus on these simple movements in order to loosen the body to be able move safely and effectively into yoga asanas and through other physical practices..
But the jattis not limited to simply ‘warming up’ the body. These practices are important for helping to release psychic and mental tension, cleanse out ‘psychic toxins’, promote circulation, stimulate nerves, and release tension on many levels, and are beneficial for all levels of practitioners of yoga.