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How to Maintain Proper Bodily Posture for Yogic Meditation

Meditation is a part of Yoga that often goes unpracticed in Western cultures. As with Yoga, correct posture is important for meditation. This seven-point checklist can help you develop good sitting habits [more…]

Tips for Doing Backward Bends in Yoga

Yoga can help with the strains of daily life. Daily life entails a lot of forward bending: putting on a pair of pants, tying shoelaces, picking things up from the floor, working at your computer, gardening [more…]

10 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Yoga Practice

Yoga can be a very rewarding experience. Because it is sometimes difficult to see the benefits of your efforts immediately, here are ten tips for growing your Yoga practice into a sturdy, fruit-laden tree [more…]

How to Select Main Postures and Compensation Poses to Develop Your Own Yoga Routine

When your body is warmed up, you can move into what are referred to as the main postures, the central part of the Yoga routine. Interspersed among the main postures are [more…]

What is Partner Yoga?

Partner Yoga is a joyful practice that brings two people together to create a new posture. In contrast to what’s referred to as assisted Yoga, in partner Yoga, each person gives support and receives benefits [more…]

How to Do the Yoga Partner Teeter-Totter

The Yoga partner teeter-totter exercise decompresses the lower back and builds strength in the arms and shoulders. You start as you would in the suspension bridge and add a flourish. [more…]

Partner Yoga: How to Do the Partner Table Pose and Double Triangle

Partner Yoga postures can be a unique way to experience Yoga with another person. You can mix and match these exercises and add them into your normal routine for a change. [more…]

Partner Yoga: How to Do the Seated Straddle Pose and the Partner Diamond

Partner Yoga is a new way to add some flavor to your normal routine. This can be a rewarding experience. However, remember that you should feel comfortable with your Yoga partner. [more…]

Partner Yoga: How to Do the Seated Twist and Partner Camel

Partner Yoga can be a good way to integrate new techniques into your own traditional routine. Try the following exercises for a little extra challenge for you and your Yoga partner. [more…]

Tips for Partnering Yoga with Pregnancy

Taking a gentle approach to Yoga during pregnancy can be just what the doctor ordered. It may be just what the midwife ordered as well because it helps you cultivate a sense of confidence in your own body [more…]

How to Do a Safe, Quick Prenatal Yoga Routine

This short Yoga routine focuses on the areas of the body that you want to strengthen as you prepare your body for giving birth. Make sure you have consulted your physician to be sure you have no special [more…]

Tips for Continuing Yogic Exercise after Pregnancy (Postpartum)

You should probably take a short break from Yoga after pregnancy. Many traditional cultures honor a period of rest for the newly delivered mother, to give her time to recover from childbirth and bond with [more…]

Yoga Postures that Relieve Lower Back Tension

All these Yoga postures help you release your lower-back tension, aided by support from either a prop or the floor. The magic is in the execution of these ancient postures to suit [more…]

10 Tips for a Safe Yoga Practice

Yoga offers a complete body and mind workout, with a complement of benefits you rarely find elsewhere. Yet as Yoga has become more popular, Yoga-related injuries have also become more common. With the [more…]

10 Maladies That Stretching Can Alleviate

Stretching can help create a balance between strength and flexibility, between opposing muscle groups, between your left and right side, and between your mind and body [more…]

8 Ways Yoga Improves Your Physical Health

Yoga — and other types of mind-body fitness traditions — offer many benefits, both physical and mental. Some of these benefits have been documented by scientific research; some are purely anecdotal: [more…]

6 Tricks That Help You Do Yoga on Your Own

If you’re the kind of person who likes to exercise on your own, or if you can’t find yoga instructors where you live, you face additional challenges when doing yoga routines because you don’t have an instructor [more…]

6 Reasons to Make Time for Warming Up

Warming up before you work out makes sense because it prepares your body for the upcoming activity. Here’s what happens to your body when you warm up: [more…]

Yoga All-in-One Dummies Cheat Sheet

Yoga itself is at least 5,000 years old, and yoga exercising — what you know as yoga postures, or asanas — emerged about 600 years ago. Even though yoga has evolved over the centuries as it traveled to [more…]

10 Videos to Enhance Your Yoga Practice

The best way to understand a yoga routine or posture is to see someone practice it. These ten short videos introduce you to a variety of yoga postures and beginning-level routines. With these demonstrations [more…]

5 Steps to a Neutral Spine

Your spine is meant to curve in one direction or another, to one degree or another, in different places along your back. Having more or less curve can mean that your spine doesn’t handle impact well, your [more…]

8 Questions to Evaluate Your Fitness Level

Many mind-body programs are so gentle that nearly anyone can do them without fear. But to be on the safe side — and that’s always a smart thing when it comes to movement — take a few moments to assess [more…]

2 Tennis Ball Massages to Loosen Tight Muscles

Sometimes muscles that have been very tight for a long period of time can actually lose the ability to relax on their own, resulting in persistent muscle and skeletal imbalance, nerve impingement, and [more…]

8 Ways to Protect Your Lower Back

Yoga is well known for making people more flexible, supple, lithe, and limber. In fact, you’ve probably seen photographs of yogis or yoginis contorting themselves into different yoga postures. However, [more…]

3 Ways to Create a Place That Fosters Mindfulness in Your Yoga Practice

A key part of yoga is being mindful, yet sometimes your practice environment can have a spectacular effect — for good or ill — on what you get out of it. Although you may not be able to sit in a beautiful [more…]

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