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How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Love Handler Exercise

As its name implies, the Love Handler yoga-with-weights exercise is designed to shrink the size of your love handles — the excess weight around your waistline. Many people accumulate fat in this area as [more…]

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Staff Exercise

The Staff is a weighted version of the traditional yoga pose of uprightness. The exercise builds a strong spine and back. The weights appear to exercise the muscles of your back and shoulders, which they [more…]

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Burning Boat Exercise

The Burning Boat really works the muscles of your belly, like rowing without paddles. Because this yoga-with-weights exercise uses only your buttocks touching the ground, you make your muscles burn and [more…]

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Archer Exercise

The aim of the yoga-with-weights Archer exercise is to work the lower abdominal muscles that often get ignored in traditional upper-ab building sit-ups. Imagine you’re squeezing — really squeezing — the [more…]

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Pearl Exercise

The Pearl works your abdominal muscles and stretches out your spine while making your legs and arms stronger. To perfect this yoga-with-weights exercise, you have to concentrate and stay in the moment, [more…]

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Belly Crunch Exercise

The Belly Crunch exercise does exactly what it says — it crunches your abdominal muscles in a very big yoga-with-weights way. This exercise works your waistline as well as your deep abdominal muscles. [more…]

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Belly Dancer Exercise

Although belly dancing doesn’t sound relaxing, the Belly Dancer gives you an opportunity to loosen up and have some fun. This yoga-with-weights exercise strengthens your pelvic girdle as it loosens and [more…]

How to Relieve Neck Pain with a Yoga-with-Weights Stretch

To relieve neck pain, you can perform the following stretching yoga-with-weights exercise, which is designed to strengthen your neck muscles. It tones the posterior muscles of your neck, opens up your [more…]

How to Loosen Stiff Shoulders with a Yoga-with-Weights Stretch

For desk dwellers, truck drivers, and rehabbers alike, the following stretching yoga-with-weights exercise is designed to relieve discomfort in your shoulders and increase your shoulders’ range of motion [more…]

How to Relieve Back Pain with a Yoga-with-Weights Stretch

You can often blame poor muscle conditioning for back pain. Yoga-with-weights can help you manage your back pain. Weak abdominal muscles and weak lower back muscles cause pain that makes it hard to bend [more…]

5 Basic Approaches to Yoga

Since Yoga came to the Western hemisphere from its Indian homeland in the late 19th century, it has undergone various adaptations. Today, Yoga can be practiced in five major ways: [more…]

What You Need for Yoga Class

After you choose a Yoga class you think can work for you, you may be nervous about actually taking the plunge and heading to your first session. Here are some guidelines to answer your questions about [more…]

How to Enjoy a Peaceful Yoga Practice

As you travel through Yoga postures, you begin to build awareness of the communications taking place between your body and mind. Do you feel peacefully removed from the raging storm of life around you? [more…]

How to Perform Forgiving Limbs for Yoga Beginners

In Yoga, as in life, function is more important than form. It’s the function of the posture that gives you its benefits. Beginners, in particular need to adapt postures to enjoy their function and benefits [more…]

Tips for a Successful Yoga Relaxation Practice

A successful relaxation practice is at the core of successful Yoga. The Sanskrit word for relaxation is shaithilya, which is pronounced shy-theel-yah and means “loosening.” It refers to the loosening of [more…]

How to Relax with the Yoga Corpse Posture

The simplest and yet the most difficult of all Yoga postures is the corpse posture (shavasana, from shava and asana, pronounced shah-vah sah-nah), also widely known as the dead posture [more…]

How to Revitalize with an Afternoon Yoga Exercise

When your energies flag in the afternoon, try the following Yoga exercise, which is a great stress buster. You can practice it at home or in a quiet place at the office. Just make sure that you can’t be [more…]

How to Relax with the Yoga Magic Triangles Technique

The following Yoga relaxation technique utilizes your power of imagination. If you can picture things easily in your mind, you may find the exercise enjoyable and refreshing. For this exercise, you need [more…]

How to Use Yoga to Relax before Sleep

If you want to enjoy deep sleep or are experiencing insomnia (but don’t want to count sheep), the following Yoga exercise can help you. Many people don’t make it to the end of this relaxation technique [more…]

How to Beat Insomnia with Yoga

This Yoga exercise is for those who suffer from insomnia but have an active imagination. Instead of watching your mind weave tale after tale when you can’t sleep at night, or trying another stale attempt [more…]

How to Perform Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep)

If your body-mind is slow to wind down to get its well-deserved rest, here’s a potent technique to catch up on your sleep. Yogic Sleep is a very powerful relaxation technique that you can do after you [more…]

How to Relax with Yogic Breathing

Yogic breathing can help you relax. Pain clinics across the country use breathing exercises for pain control. Childbirth preparation courses teach Yoga-related breathing techniques to both parents to aid [more…]

How to Perform the Yoga Breath

If shallow or erratic breathing puts your well-being at risk, the complete yogic breath is your ticket to excellent physical and mental health. If you do no other Yoga exercise, the complete Yoga breath [more…]

How to Combine Yoga Breathing and Postural Movement

In Hatha Yoga, breathing is just as important as the postures. How you breathe when you’re moving into, holding, or moving out of any given posture can greatly increase the efficiency and the benefits [more…]

How to Practice Breath Control the Traditional Yoga Way

Hatha Yoga includes various methods of breath control, all of which belong to the more advanced practices and traditionally follow extensive purification of body and mind. Some Western teachers have incorporated [more…]

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