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How to Do the Yoga Chair-Sitting Posture

Because cultural habits inspire most Westerners to sit in a chair when they perform Yoga meditations, floor sitting is usually something folks have to work up to with practice. Over time, your [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Easy Posture (Sukhasana)

According to Yoga master Patanjali, posture should be “steady” (sthira) and “easeful” (sukha). The basic Yoga sitting position is called, appropriately, the easy/easeful posture [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Thunderbolt Posture (Vajrasana)

The thunderbolt posture is one of the safer sitting postures for Yoga students with back problems. Vajrasana increases the flexibility of your ankles, knees, and thighs, improves circulation to the abdomen [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Auspicious Posture (Svastikasana)

The Yoga posture svastikasana, or auspicious posture, improves the flexibility of the hips, knees, and ankles and strengthens the back. Before its perversion in Nazi Germany, the [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Perfect Posture (Siddhasana)

The siddhasana improves the flexibility of your hips, knees, and ankles, and strengthens the back. The posture is considered the perfect Yoga meditation posture for those practicing celibacy. [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Mountain Posture (Tadasana)

The mountain posture is the foundation for all the standing Yoga postures. Master this before moving on to the more involved postures. Tadasana aligns the body, improves posture and balance, and facilitates [more…]

How to Do the Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) in Yoga

The standing forward bend in Yoga stretches the entire back of the body and decompresses the neck (makes space between the vertebrae). The Sanskrit word [more…]

How to Do the Half Standing Forward Bend (Ardha uttanasana) in Yoga

The Sanskrit word ardha (pronounced ahrd-ha) means “half.” The Yoga standing posture, half standing forward bend strengthens your legs, back, shoulders, and arms and improves stamina. Here’s how you do [more…]

How to Do the Asymmetrical Forward Bend (Parshva Uttanasana) in Yoga

The Yoga standing posture asymmetrical forward bend stretches each side of the back and hamstrings separately. The Sanskrit word parshva (pronounced pahr-shvah [more…]

How to Do the Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana) and Reverse (Parivritta Trikonasana) Postures in Yoga

The triangle postures are very useful if you plan to practice Yoga. The Sanskrit word utthita (pronounced oot-hee-tah) for triangle posture means “raised” and [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…]

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