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Adding Meditation to Yoga Practice

Meditation is a mental process involving focused attention, or calm awareness, which is also called mindfulness. Many forms or styles of meditation exist, but two basic approaches stand out: [more…]

How to Add Weights to a Yoga Routine

Yoga with weights is a hybrid of two powerful, time-tested exercise systems: yoga and bodybuilding. Working out with weights is one of the best ways to achieve overall physical fitness, and yoga is renowned [more…]

How to Do the Easy Pose in Yoga

When practicing yoga, the easy pose is one of the simplest poses you’ll do — it’s a simple sitting pose in which many workouts begin. These step-by-step instructions show you how to do the easy pose. Next [more…]

The Forward Bend in Yoga

In yoga, the forward bend is an extremely relaxing pose, because you stretch your back and legs. These step-by-step instructions demonstrate the forward bend. From here, you want to pick up a book, rent [more…]

How to Do the Child's Pose in Yoga

In yoga, the child's pose move stretches your lower back and arms and relaxes your entire body. If you have knee problems, lower yourself into this yoga pose with extra care. These step-by-step instructions [more…]

How to Do the Sage Twist in Yoga

When practicing yoga, the sage twist is a unique pose that rotates the spine from left to right, toning and relaxing as you go. Follow these instructions to complete the sage twist. [more…]

How to Do the Cat Pose in Yoga

In yoga, the cat pose is a tilt movement that elongates your spine and eases tension in your back. Try the cat pose by following these steps: [more…]

How to Do the Triangle Pose in Yoga

Moving from a sitting or lying position to standing, the triangle pose in yoga stretches your spine and abdomen. Follow these instructions to get into the triangle pose. [more…]

How to Do the Sun Salutation in Yoga

The sun salutation move in yoga stretches your abdominal, lower-back, front-hip, and thigh muscles. If you’re prone to lower back pain, make a special point of tightening your abdominals, and don’t arch [more…]

What is Pilates?

Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez and not pie-lates) is similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, butt, and so on. For this reason, Pilates [more…]

Considering Pilates Classes and Instructors

There are nearly 500 Pilates studios that offer classes nationwide, and the explosion continues. Instructors of the official Pilates Method must complete a rigorous training program that includes more [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Basic Cat Exercise

The Basic Cat exercise in Pilates is one of the gentlest and simplest ways to stretch out the back. You see cats making this movement in the morning when they wake, and you can do it too! [more…]

How to Do Pilates Upper Abdominal Curls

The Upper Abdominal Curls movement is a fundamental exercise in Pilates, generally used as a warm-up for your upper back and neck and to get you to feel your Pilates Abdominal Position. This exercise may [more…]

How to Do the Pilates Roll Down Exercise

The Roll Down exercise in Pilates is a beginning variation of the classic Pilates Roll Up. The Roll Down increases abdominal strength and articulation of the spine. [more…]

What is T'ai Chi?

T’ai Chi (properly pronounced tie-jee, but often heard as tie-chee in the West) is an ancient martial art focusing on smooth, slow movements that cultivate inward focus and free energy flow. T'ai Chi — [more…]

The Benefits of Practicing T'ai Chi

Practicing T’ai Chi on a regular basis may give you physical and mental benefits, depending on how much, at what intensity, with what seriousness, and how often you incorporate it into your life. [more…]

Following the Principles of T'ai Chi

T’ai Chi is not only about the movements (or forms), but about the principles by which you practice the movements. If you tap into the principles of T'ai Chi properly, you discover the stillness in the [more…]

Relaxing the Muscles in T'ai Chi

The power of T'ai Chi comes from muscular relaxation and not intense muscular effort. Many T’ai Chi beginners try too hard to get it right too soon. When the body is properly aligned and relaxed, you can [more…]

Visualizing and Using Your Mind in T'ai Chi

When you start to perform any action in T’ai Chi, you visualize it. In other words, you think it through first. Don't just let your mind go along for the ride — use it to see not only what you’re going [more…]

Understanding T'ai Chi Forms and Mindful Movement

Most people who know a little about T’ai Chi think of its movements, called forms. But T’ai Chi isn't just about moving in interesting ways with your body [more…]

Discovering Qigong, a Variation of T'ai Chi

Qigong (chee-gung) covers a lot of different types of movements and practices that involve using and feeling the body's energy. That can include being healed by someone else's energy, passively meditating [more…]

Mental and Spiritual Principles of T'ai Chi

T’ai Chi is not only about the movements (or forms), but also about the principles by which you practice the movements. If you tap into the principles properly, you discover the stillness in the movement [more…]

T'ai Chi Posture and Breathing

These two basics in T'ai Chi — posture and breathing — are actually basics of life. That is one of the beauties of T’ai Chi — its concepts, principles, and basic constructs are things you can learn and [more…]

Understanding T'ai Chi Movement Directions

Typically, in classical T’ai Chi practice, you find that the movement is oriented in two ways: by compass (north, south, east, west) or by clockface (12 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and so on). That takes some [more…]

Aiming for Aerobic Conditioning with T'ai Chi

T’ai Chi is usually practiced slowly so that you can fully embrace and appreciate the principles. But it can provide aerobic conditioning if practiced at a faster pace. Remember that at its roots, T’ai [more…]

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