Yoga and Sports: Skiing

It is incredible what yoga does for skiing. People can ski all day long and much better. Conditioning before hitting the slopes can increase the safety and enjoyment of the sport. Most ski injuries occur early in the day when muscles are tight and enthusiasm is high, and late in the day when muscles are weakened and technique is poor. A simple yoga exercise called the awkward pose, can increase your strength, balance and concentration which will make the ski season more rewarding. It consists of three variations which are done sequentially. To begin, stand with the feet apart, about shoulder width, an even distance (approximately six inches) between your heels and toes. Extend the arms out in front of …

Trying Yoga for Back Pain? Then pick the RIGHT poses (Part 2)

I went over in detail the use of the shoulder stand sequence as ‘the’ Yoga exercise for back pain in part one of this article. Now let’s go over the rest of the applicable poses shall we. FORWARD STRETCHES: Wind Relieving Pose: (Vatayanasan) Lie down flat. Now take a deep breath and hold it. Now fold your right leg at the knee and press the folded leg against the abdomen. Make sure to keep the alternate leg straight while doing this. Now, switch legs and to conclude this use both legs at the same time. 5-15 Seconds Plough Pose (Halasana): Lie flat on your back on your blanket. Keep the hands, palms down near the thighs. Without bending the knees, …

Trying Yoga for Back Pain? Then pick the RIGHT poses (Part 1)

Studies have shown that Yoga may be one of the most effective exercises for back pain relief. In fact Health-First reporter Leslie LoBue says twisting your body into those sometimes awkward positions may actually be just the thing for lower back pain. However, as effective as Yoga may be to reduce the pain of back problems, knowing exactly what poses to use, for how long, what to offset the poses with and in what sequence to execute them, are other factors that should be taken into consideration before using it as a therapeutic relief from back pain. I can see a reader go “Wait a minute…if I have to go through all that, then maybe I should just take some …

The Most Important Yoga Pose When You are on the Go:

With over 84, 000 poses in yoga to choose from for practice, yoga enthusiasts and practitioners might be left confused on just which ones are the most important. With our daily demands and commitments, most of us might not have the time to perform so many poses therefore we should focus on the one that is of the most benefit for daily practice and that is the Shoulder-Stand (known in Sanskrit as Savangasana). It is my recommended favorite of the inverted poses. Its ease and reminder that as a kid, you tried it before, makes it one that I emphasize even more so than the Headstand you might be familiar with as they share almost if not all the same …

Three reasons you should not do Cobra

The Cobra Pose – (Bhujangasana) “The Cobra pose destroys all diseases and increases body heat”. In a Sanskrit language Bhujanga means a cobra hence the name, mostly used in the West. In the Bhujangasana the body is facing downward while the upper body is curling up and back resembling a snake with its head raised ready to strike. This pose is mostly practiced as the first in the series of backward bending asanas followed by Locust and Bow postures. Before attempting this powerful movement of the Cobra pose the warm up of the muscles of the back is strongly recommended. During holding the pose the legs do not remain passive; they are extended down from the hips. While you start …

Spine Twisting Pose – Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana asana is also known as the Spine Twisting Asana. It is one of the essential poses which make the body healthy and fine. It is a basic pose which should be done by everyone, if their body is capable to do it. If done correctly it becomes a value addition in your day-to-day life. It may seem hard at the first attempt but you can do it in stages. By doing it in stages the asana proves to be very easy and simple. The twist in the asana is a blessing for the adrenal glands, kidneys, liver and spleen. It is also very beneficial for people who suffer from asthma, indigestion, constipation and obesity. If you are a …

Simhasana – The Lion Pose

Yoga has used nature and wildlife as it reference point due to which there are so many asanas related to it. Simhasana is one of those asanas which adds glory to your face and you can easily see the difference. Yoga is an age-old process which has been quite a favorite amount all the age-old-yogis. Even though Simhasana mean lion pose if taken the literal meaning, in Sanskrit ‘simha’ means ‘the powerful one’. It emits lot of force when you perform this asana. Similar to the roar of the lion this asana is performed in the exact fashion to draw as much usefulness as possible. The asana depicts the fierceness of the lion which benefits those parts of the body …

Reaping Benefits From Viparita Karni Asana

Every yoga asana has been made with the intention of being useful to the different parts of your body. All the yoga asanas you would learn or must have heard about would be useful one way or the other. Viparita – would mean inverted, opposite karani would mean – in action, an act of doing. It is also known as the leg-up-the-wall-pose. Most of the yoga positions keeps your feet on ground but this position does the opposite, helping you ease up your muscles by the flow of blood from the leg to your head. This inverted position leads to increase in blood flow to your upper body as well as to your brain which is very useful to maintain …

The Benefits And Importance Of Sarvangasana

It is known as the queen of asanas which works out to be very beneficial for your mind, body and soul. Sarvangasana is a combination of three parts such as “sarva” “anga” and “asana” which means “all body posture”. It is one the asana which is very important and helpful for your entire body including the pressure massages for your thyroid glands. The other benefit from this asana is the projection of stability emotionally and otherwise. Every muscle that is pushed and pulled benefits the organs inside, which in turn shows on your body and face. It soothes the nervous system which otherwise seems to be overloaded with unwanted work. By doing this asana properly it could help you in …

Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation yoga pose is recommended for practitioners of all ages and especially for the ones who cannot dedicate a lot of time to their yoga routine. The reason why this pose is so highly appreciated has to do with the fact that it involves most of the muscle groups, as well as the respiratory system. In fact, the Sun Salutation is a sequence of twelve yoga positions, linked together by a flowing motion and accompanied by five deep special breaths. Each of the twelve positions contributes to stretching a different part of the body and different muscle groups. Moreover, it helps expanding and contracting the chest in order to regulate breathing. Specialists and yoga trainers recommend this exercise …

Yoga Positions

Nowadays, this primordial religious practice that originated in India has become a household name. You can hear people who desire to lose some calories resort to this ancient spiritual routine. If that has been a wonder to you, check on some of these yoga positions. Bound Angle is among the yoga positions that will require you to be seated. With a Sanskrit name of Baddha Konasana, this pose is a superb training for the groins and hips. This type of stance has a lot of benefits which include improved circulation, abdominal stimulation, thigh flexibility. fatigue relief and sciatica respite, among the others. Bound Angle is also therapeutic for individuals who have feet that are flat as well as for those …

Yoga Poses

Today, this primordial religious practice that originated from India has been widely observed in different corners of the globe. Even A- list celebrities such as Madonna have been attracted to this ancient spiritual routine. If you are left with a wonder, here are some yoga poses that might get you hooked up. Downward- Facing Dog is among the yoga poses that will require you to stand. With a Sanskrit name of Adho Mukha Svanasana, there are several benefits that you can obtain by performing this posture such as preventing osteoporosis, calming the brain, energizing the body, stretching the hamstrings and improving digestion, among the others. However, this should not be executed if you happen to have carpal tunnel syndrome, diarrhea, …

Yoga Moves: The Basic Asanas

As you may know, the century-old practice of yoga is performed by a number of techniques and movements. Each move has its own rule and limitation that every participant of the said practice should learn to follow. Now, if you are thinking of getting into yoga and make yourself slimmer, calmer, healthier and hotter person, you need first to know the basic yoga moves. Well, the basic yoga moves are known by those in the yoga world as “asanas”. They can be performed a few times a week and once they are performed regularly and properly, they can guarantee you to obtain better health and wellbeing in the end. This is what makes yoga actually one of the most favored …

Yoga for Women: Exercises

WARRIOR III POSE: Start in the Mountain Pose with the heels slightly apart, big toes touching, legs straight, chest lifted, pelvis in a neutral position. Placing hands on hips, step back with your right foot so just your right toes touch the floor, all of your body weight on your left foot. Keep your right leg extended in a straight line as you start to lean forward from your hips. Balance the length of your body, from your right heel to your fingertips, over your left leg until your torso is parallel to the floor. Keep your weight evenly distributed through inner and outer heel, with hips level. Begin with 5 breath cycles and progress to 15. Lift your torso …

Yoga for Weight Loss

Gaining excess weight is becoming more and more a phenomenon in the present age of undisciplined lifestyles combined with more liberal “extra-calories” food. Gone are the days where people enjoyed doing something active outdoors rather than sitting for hours in front of the TV with a pile of food. Inappropriate food habits, stress, and lack of exercise are all contributors to those extra packs of fat around your body; changing ones lifestyle to a healthy one can do a lot of good both physically, mentally, and emotionally. These days, as people find solutions to their weight problem, they have found an exceptional way of losing weight in yoga. Of course it is never easy to change ways of disciplining the …

Yoga for Computer Users: Supported Side Stretches

Many computer users around the world face the problem of back pain. Having your back against the wall usually means you’re in trouble. But for certain yoga positions, having your back firmly against a wall will aid health. In Hatha Yoga, the practitioner forms what Swami Gitananda calls body geometry–triangles, straight lines, circles and parallel lines. When you do a posture, always stretch your body to its utmost limit and then hold it there for a slow count of 10, gradually building up the time, until each posture can be maintained for 30 seconds. Holding a posture is essential to yoga because it gives the body a chance to settle into the stretch and loosen up. Then each time you …