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Practice the Full Lotus Posture Correctly

The Full Lotus Posture (Padmasana) is a wonderful Power Yoga exercise for opening up the hips and creating flexibility in the ankles and knees. Practiced in moderation, the Lotus can invigorate the nerves [more…]

Blooming into Full Lotus Posture

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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…]

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…]

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…]

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