How To: Increase shoulder & upper back flexibility with yoga

In this free video yoga lesson, you'll learn an exercise to improve your upper back and shoulder mobility. With yoga, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. For more information, and to get started using this yoga exercise yourself, watch this handy home-fitness how-to.

How To: Do a head stand without snapping your neck

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to perform a headstand. Begin by going on the knees. Then put your hands down in a crawling position. The hands should be shaped together as a triangle. Now put the head on the floor and push up with the toes. Once up, make your body as straight as possible. This video will benefit those viewers who want to learn how to headstand for things such as: break dancing, yoga or gymnastics.

How To: Do the splits with Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles teaches us how to do the splits in this tutorial. Remember not to do this all at once, stretch out your body first. To start, come into a downward dog position while bending the knees and straightening them and deep breathing. Now, bring a foot to the front and keep in this position until flexing the foot while sitting back near the other foot. Lean forward over your front leg, then repeat on the other side of the body. Come back into a downward dog, then do lunges to open up the ...

How To: Do yoga arm binds in standing yoga poses

Yoga arm binds are part of what make seasoned yogis look like walking pretzels. Arm binds add difficulty to any yoga pose, testing your flexibility and balance. For this reason, many people find it hard to hold a standing pose with an arm bind, let alone get to an arm bind position.

How To: Do a hatha yoga spine stretch

Stretching the spine will help align back muscles. Learn how to stretch the spine in Hatha yoga with this video clip. Take action: begin in Table Pose, extend one leg back, lift opposite arm and reach, and exhale and stretch. Cindy Mastry, the instructor in this how-to video, has practiced yoga since the age of eight, and also has a background in Jazz and Ballet. Active in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years, she teaches aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga at many fitness centers in the T...

How To: Warm up and workout the core with yoga abdominal lifts

Abdominal lifts give a great core workout while developing breathing muscles in your abdomen. They tone your abdominals, strengthen your lower back, and boost your metabolism. They're a great way to start any workout. Some dieters use them to help them loose weight. Watch this this how to video to learn how to properly incorporate abdominal lifts into your yoga routines.

How To: Do a serotonin-releasing belly roll yoga move

Most people don't commit to an exercise program because it seems too strenuous to do either before work (which means in the wee hours of the morning) or after work (when you've had a dull pain gnawing at the back of your head the entire day and had a shitty day at work and commute home).

How To: Move from standing to lying down yoga poses

Vinyasas are the movements that link poses together to create a fluid dance. This yoga how-to video tutorial demonstrates how to get from a standing position to one where you're lying down on your belly. Watch and follow along to practice moving from a standing yoga pose to a cobra pose. Move from standing to lying down yoga poses.

How To: Breathe with B.K.S. Iyengar

This video is a demonstration by B.K.S. Iyengar on different inhaling and exhaling techniques. An exposition of why breath is king of the mind is followed by a demonstration of the sound of a proper inhalation and exhalation.

How To: Improve your yoga with the hara breath

In this video, we learn how to improve your yoga with the hara breath. Start by sitting down on your yoga mat and become centered in your body. You will start to breathe in different poses by placing your hands underneath your navel. Close your eyes and envision the center of energy that's in your body. Close your eyes and deep breathe, inhaling and screening energy into your body. Feel your body fueling up with energy and block out all the negative thoughts from your mind. As you do this, fe...

How To: Stay awake at work using yoga exercises

To use yoga exercises to wake up and stay awake at work, begin by doing breathing stretches: i.e. cow to cat stretches. Inhale, expanding your chest out for the cow stretch, and exhale concaving your chest into the cat stretch. Next, do side stretches from left to right. Repeat these. Next, add 4 punches: left jab, right jab, undercut, and undercut. Extend your arms fully. Repeat all of the steps together.

How To: Do a yoga L shape handstand

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga l-shaped hand stand. Come into a long plank pose and lift your hips up to come into downward dog. Work on getting your back nice and long in this position. Next, sit away from the wall with your feet flat up against the wall. From here, take your hands and flip over into a tabletop position. Now, lift your hips up and come into a short downward dog with your heels against the wall. Now take both feet to the wall to come into the l-shape. R...

How To: Do the pelvic rock yoga pose

The Pelvic Rocking exercise is a great pose for overcoming stiffness and drowsiness in the morning. Learn how to do the Pelvic Rocking Pose in this yoga video. First lie on your back, place heels under knees, inhale & exhale, rocking pelvis. With this how to video you will be able to do the pelvic rock yoga pose.

How To: Do the extended side arm balance pose

The Extended Side Arm Pose engages the core muscles and improves balance. Learn a new yoga pose in this video yoga lesson. Take action: let go of fear, engage core, find counter balance, use belly lock, and breathe and center. Cindy Mastry, the instructor of this how-to video, has practiced yoga since the age of eight, and also has a background in Jazz and Ballet. Active in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years, she teaches aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga at many fitness centers in the ...

How To: Practice yoga for PMS with Self Magazine

Yoga not only helps with body strength and flexibility but it can also help easy pre-menstral syndrome. In this fitness how to video SELF Magazine features yoga positions for PMS. Watch and learn how to decrease the bloating and cramps with seated twists, wind pose, cat pose, bow pose, reclining angle, crocodile pose, bridge, thunderbolt, half shoulder stand, rag doll, modified cobra pose and finally child's pose.

How To: Use a medicine ball for a yoga forearm stand

Forearm stands are one of the toughest poses to do since it requires both strength and balance. When you lean you belly on an exercise ball, it supports your weight so you can get the feeling of what it's like to be balancing on your forearms. Watch this yoga how to video tutorial to learn how to use a medicine ball to help you perfect the forearm stand. Use a medicine ball for a yoga forearm stand.

How To: Do the adept pose

Done correctly, this meditation pose allows you to sit without thinking about your body for as long as you like—or at least until you start to smell dinner in the air.

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