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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…]

How to Do Downward-Facing Dog Posture (Adhomukha Shvanasana) in Yoga

The Sanskrit word adhomukha (pronounced ahd-ho-mook-hah) means “downward facing,” and shvan (pronounced shvahn) means “dog.” Yoga masters were great observers of the world around them. They particularly [more…]

How to Do Warrior I (Vira Bhadrasana I) and Warrior II (Vira Bhadrasana II) Postures in Yoga

Warrior I and Warrior II are very important postures in Yoga. The Sanskrit word vira (pronounced vee-rah) is often translated as “hero” and bhadra (pronounced [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Half Chair Posture (Ardha Utkatasana)

The half chair posture strengthens the back, legs, shoulders, and arms and builds overall stamina for Yoga. The Sanskrit word ardha (pronounced ahrd-ha [more…]

How to Do the Standing Spread-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Pada Uttanasana) in Yoga

This Yoga posture, also called the wide-legged standing forward bend, stretches your hamstrings and your adductors (on insides of the thighs) and opens your hips. The hanging forward bend increases circulation [more…]

How to Perform Yoga Balancing Postures

Contemporary life is highly demanding and stressful; if you’re not properly grounded through Yoga’s balancing postures, you face a constant risk of being pushed out of balance. [more…]

How to Exercise Your Abs with Yoga

Our Yoga postures for the abdominal muscles incorporate a team approach that values slow, conscious movement, proper breathing mechanics, and the use of sound. The emphasis here is on the [more…]

How to Do Yoga Leg Inversions

Effective Yoga inversions can actually be quite simple. Here are four postures that don’t require you to literally turn yourself upside down in order to enjoy the numerous benefits of an inversion. [more…]

How to Do Yoga Shoulder Stands

These shoulder stands go from easiest to toughest. Each of these three Yoga shoulder stands provides common benefits: improved circulation to your legs, hips, back, neck, heart, and head. The postures [more…]

How to Do the Cobra I, II and III Yoga Postures

Daily life entails lots of forward bending: putting on a pair of pants; tying shoelaces; playing sports, and so on. The cobra and other Yoga back bends, which stretch the front of the torso [more…]

How to Do the Locust I, II, and III Yoga Postures

We put our bodies through a rigorous amount of forward bending: getting the mail; working at the computer; gardening, and so on. The Yoga locust postures counteract this by allowing your body to do some [more…]

How to Do Yoga Side Bend Postures

The spinal column can move in four basic ways: forward (flexion), backward (extension), sideways (lateral flexion), and twist (rotation). The Yoga side bend is often the least practiced. This missed opportunity [more…]

How to Do Yoga Forward Bend Postures

Forward bends are usually a good way to begin any Yoga movement routine (unless you’re dealing with spinal disc injuries or certain other back problems). Though back bends are the lively extroverts of [more…]

How to Do Simple Upright Yoga Twist Postures

Ropes get their strength from the twisted strands that comprise them. Yoga twisting postures have the same positive effect. When thinking about the human body and mind, people often associate the word [more…]

How to Do Reclining Yoga Twist Postures

Reclining twist postures call for you to lie down — with a (literal) twist. In these Yogic twists, you harvest all kinds of benefits, including a delicious feeling of release in your spine. [more…]

How to Rejuvenate with a 9-Step Yoga Sun Salutation

Do you need a more user-friendly version of the Yoga sun salutation? Do you have a hard time kneeling or stepping through? Then try the 9-step rejuvenation sequence direct from California: [more…]

How to Do the 7-Step Yoga Kneeling Sun Salutation

If you aren’t quite ready to tackle the 12-step sun salutation, the following 7-step variation can give you many Yogic benefits and also help you get in shape for the standing variety [more…]

How to Do Reclining Yoga Warm-Up Postures

Most Yoga practitioners enjoy reclining (supine)exercises because the postures are intrinsically relaxing. When you pair them with warm-ups, the combination effectively allows you to warm-up specific muscles [more…]

How to Do Standing Yoga Warm-Up Postures

The standing Yoga postures are probably the most versatile of all the groups. They can be used for warm-up/preparation, compensation, or as main postures. As a warm-up, use standing postures when the next [more…]

How to Do Seated Yoga Warm-Up Postures

Yoga postures provide a very broad spectrum of possibilities. You can do an entire routine from a seated position, including forward bends, back bends, side bends, and twists. [more…]

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